What if we told you, that you can create your own wedding bouquet? Here's a full video and written tutorial for you!
Hey everyone, my name is Ashley and I have a project for an embroidered wedding bouquet to share! This project came about as I was looking for alternatives to real flowers for my wedding and I wasn’t finding the colors that I wanted in silk or other materials. We’d decided on a lowkey, handmade day so this project was perfect to help me shape my vision. I’ll be sharing the techniques on how I made organza flowers using a freestanding applique with Floriani embroidery products.
If you are planning to make yourself of a loved one a bouquet of embroidered flowers, this is more than a single weekend project. I estimate I’ve got a few hundred hours of embroidery in all of the flowers and I’ve rinsed the equivalent of three full herb dryers of bits and pieces (more on that in step 6), but I’m in love with how well I was able to execute this plan!
So let's talk supplies:
Organza fabric (dupioni works well too)
Floriani embroidery thread in 40 weight
Quilters Select Para-Cotton Thread 80 weight (optional)
Floriani Wet N Gone
Embroidery machine and hoop
Floriani Heat Craft tool (optional)
RNK Precision Tip Scissors
Low-temp hot glue gun and glue sticks
Floral wire and cutters
Pony bead or other chunky bead that will fit on floral wire
Select fabric and corresponding threads. Wind a bobbin of each thread color so the thread is the same on both sides of the embroidery.
Tip: You can use Quilters Select 80 weight Para-Cotton Poly Thread in the bobbin for the center stitching color, but I’d recommend sticking with the 40 weight Floriani for the edge stitching so the weight is consistent on the front and the back of the petals.The color numbers in Floriani and Quilters Select are the same too!
Step 2: Cut and hoop fabric and stabilizer for hoop. Remember with freestanding lace or applique you want to use the hoop closest to the design size that you have selected to help prevent shifting while stitching.
Step 3: Stitch design according to directions, remember to change the bobbin color when you change the color of upper thread to match.
Step 4: Remove from hoop and trim stitched petals to outline of the design.The best option is to use the Floriani Heat Craft Tool to melt away the organza.This will heat seal the edges of the fabric so it will not fray over time.If you do not have a Floriani Heat Craft Tool, use the RNK Precision Tip Scissors to trim close to the stitching line, but be sure not to cut into the stitching line!
Step 5: Rinse the Floriani Wet N Gone from the finished freestanding applique pieces.I prefer to use a shallow baking dish with warm water to quickly rinse freestanding lace and applique.In the video you see that I swish around the pieces and give them a feel, the Wet N Gone quickly begins to dissolve so the rinsing process is quick, because we don’t want to have limp flower pieces from removing too much Wet N Gone!
Step 6: Pat dry with a towel and check for remaining Wet N Gone (with the organza it appears to be a little bit of a film when not rinsed enough) when sufficiently rinsed lay all pieces flat to finish drying.
Tip: Do you have lots of lace to dry?Consider using a hanging herb dryer or a mesh drying rack.The one if the video zips closed so I can hang pieces of lace to dry outside on a nice day.
Step 7: After petals are dry, punch a hole in the center of the stitched eyelet.Assemble flower with low temperature hot glue gun on floral wire using a bead to help keep the center from sliding out. Alternate the directions of each layer of petals to help it appear nested together.When adding each petal give it a little rotation so the overlap of the previous row is in the middle of the petals on the next row.
Tip: You can add more or fewer layers to make the same flowers seem larger or smaller without needing to stitch additional sizes.Additionally, experiment with how much overlap used when gluing the petals together to give the flower an open or closed appearance.
Step 8: After all flowers have been made assemble into final arrangement or have your favorite florist assemble to for you.
Don’t be afraid to mix fabric and flower types together.This trio of bouquets is made from embroidered flowers, leather flowers (this was the first time I had ever made those) and hand died wooden flowers.A simple string of twinkle lights in my (the bride’s) bouquet allows the textures to shine even as the sun is going down on the day’s festivities.