Sunday, 24 June 2012

DRAGONFLY TUTORIAL !

Hi folks, well I shall explain the way I have made my little dragonflies !
1. Find a ''dragonfly outline drawing.''.....Google images have hundreds
2.Trace the outline and  transfer to your ground fabric, which is placed in a hoop
3. Trace each double set of wings only, and transfer onto a  organza ribbon
4.Cut each set of wings out very carefully with sharp scissors.
5.Place the organza wings in place on the transferred outline that is in the hoop and sew into place with feather stitch.
6.Now very carefully sew tiny buttonhole stitch around the two wings on both sides.
7.Now sew french knots for the central body in a variegated thread.
8.The long segmented body can either be done in rows of bullion stitches or
a thicker cord can be couched down in segments to make it look realistic!
9.All legs are done with straight stitch in a thick black sewing thread.
10.Two tiny metalic beads are sewn in position for the eyes.

Any questions, dont hesitate to email me (BIKERDCR@AOL.COM) and I will explain further if needed !!
Look closely at the close-up photos to help you !!!
Use your imagination and try holographic ribbon and specialist threads,
Variegated thread looks fabulous , look in your stash and see what wonderful





little beauties, you can make !!!! PLEASE, PLEASE keep in touch and let me see your little creations !!!
p.s. A very important point That I forgot to include......................
USING BONDAWEB OR IRON-ON VILENE ON THE BACK OF THE ORGANZA WINGS
WILL HELP STOP THE ORGANZA FROM FRAYING !!! APPLY THIS FIRST THEN CUT THE WINGS OUT !!!

56 comments:

  1. Amazing how you create these Chris, I am glad that your hands are able to do this beautiful work. They are just like the real thing.XXXX

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  2. Chris, thank you for the tutorial. You are an artist!

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  3. Your dragonflies are amazing! Thank you for the tutorial, I will most definitely try to make one.

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  4. Brilliant tutorial Chris and for close pictures live the touch of sparkle on the dragonflies

    Hugs Anne xx

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  5. This is a wonderful tutorial. It really makes me want to try this!

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  6. a great set of instructions Christina and one day I will have a go

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  7. THANK YOU Chris for this. Fantastic close-up photos too!

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  8. Thank you for a clear and easy to understand tutorial. I am in the process of making greeting cards and a Chris Richards' dragonfly is perfect. I'll keep you posted of my progress.

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  9. I just thought you might want to see the dragonfly I made:
    http://queeniepatch.blogspot.jp/2012/06/greeting-cards-and-dragonfly.html

    I had a smashing time making it thanks to your excellent tutorial. Naughty as I am I changed the organza ribbon to pressed Angelina fibres - they don't fray as easily.

    Looking forward to more tutorials from Ella's Craft Creations!

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  10. Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  11. Christina,
    It is so lovely of you to share your luscious dragonfly technique with us!! I really look forward to making some for my next quilt and I will surely let you know about it!!
    Thank You,
    jeanne-marie

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  12. Adding "stitch witch" to the back of the organza, ribbon or fabric, will aid with the fraying.

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    1. Whoever you are.....Thank you for pointing this out !
      Her in the UK, we would use BOND-A-WEB or VILENE !!!

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  13. Dina broderier är väldigt finna ,och väll gjorda!
    Din blogg blir en av minna favoriter!

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  14. your dragonflies are amazing! thanks for so generously sharing your tutorial!

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  15. thank you so much for the tutorial..

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  16. Thank you for your tutorial,it's very clear and I shall do it perhaps for cards

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  17. These are just beautiful ! I was very happy for your tutorial. Hopefully I can try making these.

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  18. A very big thank you for the detailed tutorial.I wish to do one but need more practice in my stitches before I start. Hope soon I will be able to do it.I really really want to do it. So beautiful like real.

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  19. gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing your method. It is stunning :D

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  20. Thank you so much for the lovely tutorial.Can I use the liquid fray check for the wings..I got it from the US?.The items you have mentioned to check fraying is not available here in my place(India). Kindly let me know. Or can I fill the leaves with shining variegated Rayon thread before cutting it out..I hope you understand what I mean!!

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  21. Beautifully stitched dragonflies and thank you for the tutorial!

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  22. Awesome! can't wait to try!!!

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  23. thanks for lovely tutorial!

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  24. Thank you so much for sharing- these are inspiring!

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  25. Thank you very much -- these are just gorgeous!

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  28. I love your Dragonfly, I will have to try this when I get a little more practice time in.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Pat G.

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  30. Oh my! Just found your tutorial! I am definitely going to add this to my Do-It-Soon list.
    Thank you so very much!
    ~ Zuzu

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  31. So nice dragonffly, i enjoy .Thank you for the tuto .
    Sandrine

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  32. Hi Chris - love your dragonfly interpretations! I am currently doing a cushion with dragonflies on it so I am "borrowing" your ideas for the stitching! I belong to Stitchin Fingers & Hand Embroidery Network so keep an eye out for my photos. I will of course be acknowledging your ideas. Many thanks.
    Lynette Hale.

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  33. Hi Chris, just joined Pinterest and found you. XXXX

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  34. Visiting you blog via Hand Embroidery Network. This dragonfly is so beautiful. Many thanks for tutorial. I would love to give it a try.Same technique can be used for butterflies too.

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  35. Je vais surement essayer de faire une libellule sur mes hexagones... bien sur le te ferai parvenir la photo. elle est si jolie

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  36. Please visit my blog on: www.myembroideryworld.blogspot.com
    to see my version of your dragonflies on a cushion I made for my bed. Love your versions too.

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  37. hola, que hermosa tu libelula, gracias por enseñarnosla. felicitaciones.

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  38. definitivamente hermosa, gracias por compartir sus DONES.

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  39. vraiment superbe belle réalisation, je vais vite faire des essais
    merci

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  40. Love this can't to try it thank you so much

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  41. Chris, thank you for sharing this. When I get caught up I just may have to try this! These are so awesome.

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  42. Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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  43. Thanks for the tutorial! These are so nice!!! Annick

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  44. Beautiful work! thank you so much for this tutorial :o) Shirl xx

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  45. These are the most beautiful dragonflies I have ever seen.
    Dragonflies are my lucky charm - my strength animal.
    Thanks a lot for sharing your lovely work!

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