Freeform Embroidery that Glitters

Freeform Embroidery by iHanna, Sweden

After I wrote the Wow factor post about what inspires me in others art I thought I’d do a free form embroidery. One where I could try some of the things I like; words and swirls (lots of shapes and patterns in the same piece that work together), bright colors (happy colors), texture and some glitter too.

Freeform LOVE embroidery

It took me about two TV-watching nights to embroider the whole thing. I had it fastened in a plastic frame that I bought at a flea market. The frames had some cute rose embroidery inside, but I’ve cut up those and now I’m using it as an embroidery hoop. It works great and cost next to nothing.

Freeform LOVE embroidery

Then I sat on stairs outside adding some beads to finish my little freeform work of art. Tiny glass beads and glitter sewing thread!

Mom thinks it could go into a bag design (she sees bags in every fabric), but I don’t know. I just want to continue to my next piece and not worry about what this is you know. It’s a free form embroidery. It’s like doodling with your floss, slowly making progress.

I’ve used all the three or four stitches that I know in this one. Maybe I should check out some more to practice on next. I know just where to go to learn more about hand embroidery stuff!

Freeform backside view

The backside looks nice too if you ask me; a bit more wild and uncut!

The whole enchilada:

Freeform LOVE embroidery

I think you can tell it wasn’t a sketch before I started, it just grow as I did it. Have you done any free form embroidery? It’s fun, you should try it. No rules! Just color, glitter thread, beads – and maybe a button or three? Yummy!

Still life

Iced coffee, some beads and my freeform embroidery out on the stairs.

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20 Responses to Freeform Embroidery that Glitters

  1. leah says:

    it’s awesome, hanna!! i’ve been thinking about embroidery a lot lately. think i’ve gotta give it a try.

  2. kristena says:

    I love seeing people’s freeform embroidery. It’s always so pretty and interesting!

  3. MissKoolAid says:

    …doodling with your floss… I like that. I think I’ll try this during summer. In my opinion, you could just frame it as is and hand it on the wall. It’s beautiful without having to be anything other than what it is.


  4. denice says:

    Oooo, very nice! I really love that you just went for it, no pattern. Free-style is my favorite stuff, and is incredibly therapeutic. Thanks for constant inspiration!

  5. tricia says:

    Beautiful and very inspiring! I’ve been working on embroidering a monogram for my daughter, but when I’m finished with it I want to try out this free form style, including all the glittering beads :)

  6. U2Kitteh says:

    Oh my gosh Hanna! I have never heard of freeform embroidery before and yours is so beautiful! Even though it’s free-from everything looks so perfectly laid out. You are a true artist! I guess it was meant to be! My favorite bits are the little red “stars”. So cute!

    I love that you are so crafty! =cD I don’t get to do many crafts, so I really enjoy getting to see what you’re up to!

    Love to you!

  7. theresa says:

    That looks like a whole lotta fun! I like the comment above when she called it doodling with floss.

  8. This is absolutely lovely and it looks like it was so much fun to do. I’ve only done wee bits of freeform embroidery to accent other projects, but I may have to try doing it as a project of its own after seeing yours. It *is* like doodling with floss!

  9. Honor says:

    This looks great! It totally looks like a little sketch… I agree with your Mum and think it would be sweet incorporated into a bag. x

  10. pink sky says:

    ooo..i’d love to try this!

  11. Flassie says:

    I love this idea! It’s beautiful!
    I like your mom’s idea too!

    You know what I see in it is the word
    love. It look’s like an owl. The o and
    the e look like the eyes and the v looks
    like the beek and the swirls above it’s head
    remind me of ideas swirling around it’s it head.

    I read in a book that at any one moment, your
    brain is creatively performing about 400 billion
    actions. We are only conscious of around 2,000.

    In the same book I read that if we could hear the electromagnetic waves that are produced from chemicals that are produced when we think, it would sound like the most exquisite orchestral symphony.

    Your always so inspiring. I like your comment
    about the bees at Leah’s blog!

    God Bless You and Yours and Your Creative Life!!!

  12. gkgirl says:

    this is fantastic…
    i may just have to give it a go.

  13. tricia says:

    Hanna, I removed your photos from the post, I’m so sorry about that. After I had posted them I wondered whether or not I should have asked your permission. Thanks for being so understanding about it.

  14. jaana*maaria says:

    long time that I haven’t commented…
    But I’dlike you to know, that I just love the things you do! You are sooooooo inspiring, it’s incredible. Thank you for sharing this all with us.

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  18. Fullerton says:

    Wow, that’s very meticulous sewing! I love the colors since it is very bright and it looks very happy and cheerful.

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  20. Eva Albrektsson says:

    Just great Hanna!!!

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