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PDF FAQs

How to use a digital embroidery pattern

What is it?

A digital embroidery pattern is a file you download from the website as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file type. You will need Adobe Reader to open this file which you can download here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/ 

If you have trouble accessing your files please message me and I’d be happy to email them directly to you: Jessica@JessicaLongEmbroidery.com

Once you’ve downloaded and opened your file you can read the contents from your screen or you may choose to print one or all of the included pages. If you’d...


Introducing my Patreon Stitching Club

Introducing my Patreon Stitching Club

I am so excited to share that Jessica Long Embroidery is now on Patreon! I’m looking forward to this new way of connecting with you all. For those of you who haven’t used it before, Patreon is a subscription-based platform that allows you to get to know creators like me on a more personal level. I am offering two subscription tiers with some amazing perks. You can access Patreon directly from the web. You can also download the Patreon app, create an account, and search for Jessica Long Embroidery to join me! 

 

I created a Patreon page so...


Using Variegated Floss

Using Variegated Floss

Variegated floss is thread that is dyed multiple colors. Sometimes the color change is subtle, such as color number 8005, and other times it is wild and unexpected as with color number 8046. 

The range of colors in a particular skein and the frequency of gradation depends on the brand of variegated floss. For example, "Seasons" is the variegated floss from Lecien Cosmo and it is produced in three separate series. The 5000's series are characterized by color changes every 3.14 inches (8 cm) while the 8000's have slow color changes every 11.8 inches...


Turkey Work

Turkey Work

Turkey work is an interesting stitch as you begin on top of your fabric and make your first stitch down at A, being sure to hold that tail and not pull it through. Then come up and anchor that tail with a back stitch (B-C). Next, come up at D, right next to A under that back stitch. Go down at E, along your guideline a stitch length away (shorten this length to concentrate more knots per inch), leaving a loop. Stitch an anchor back stitch over that insertion...


Stumpwork

Stumpwork

 An introduction to wired slips
 

Stumpwork is a three dimensional embroidery technique utilizing padding and wire. This tutorial will focus on wired slips which are 3D elements created using wire, fabric and floss. You will need plenty of patience to tackle a stumpwork project but you only need to know a handful of stitches to create these dynamic additions to your hand embroidery art.  

For some incredible inspiration please go check out embroidery artist Pippa Haynes of Lemon Pepper Studio. Her work is inspiring me to keep playing and pushing this amazing technique to create more realistic and...