Three-Dimensional Embroidery, Raised Embroidery, Freeform Stitching
Stumpwork embroidery is an advanced form of embroidery that produces raised, three-dimensional images with needle and embroidery thread. To me, some stumpwork pieces resemble three-dimensional (also known as 3-D) applique.
The craft of stumpwork is old, dating back to the 17th century. Many stumpwork pieces include flowers, fruit, people, and complete scenes shown through this intricate style of needlework. I think it looks similar to crewel work.
I found the stumpwork wall hanging pictured here at a thrift store years ago. The delicate needlework includes embroidered flowers, leaves and greenery, and French knots.
FYI: Stumpwork has nothing to do with old tree stump removal or political campaigning of any kind.
Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Stumpwork Embroidery Techniques
The following techniques can be used
in stumpwork embroidery:
~ Lace incorporated into the designs to
give more three-dimensional effects.
~ Needlework done on a separate piece
of fabric then applied to the
main canvas for more dimension.
~ Raised areas added using wire and/or
felt padding to make the images
pop off the canvas.
~ Top of the padded "image" then
covered in needlework.
Read About Stumpwork Embroidery
- Wendy's Crafty Hands
Wendy's Crafty Hands -- E M B R O I D E R Y -- Stump work is a very old art and there are samplers and boxes with stump work on the outsides in the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is a lot of fun to do, and can be used in many different designs. It
Had You Heard of This Beautiful Needlework Before?
Had You Heard of This Beautiful Needlework Before?
Stumpwork Embroidery - Books to Learn This Needlework Craft
These stumpwork embroidery books provide examples of projects you can make yourself. They also include instructions for learning how to do this 3-D needlework.
Learn stumpwork embroidery, the needlework that jumps off the canvas!
The book The Beginner's Guide to Stumpwork is a beginner's book to stumpwork embroidery and covers both the basic techniques and needle lace techniques. I love the nature theme to these projects. Just look at those mushrooms and birds!
Stumpwork Figurines - Make Portraits with Needlework
Making people in needlework isn't exactly new, but making them with stumpwork embroidery techniques will help these little guys pop right off the canvas!
Stumpwork Tutorials - Learn how to do stumpwork with these instructions
These instructions can get you started making your own stumpwork projects without having to buy a book.
- The Floss Box | Stumpwork Flower Tutorial
The Floss Box -- Tutorial for Stumpwork Flower. This stumpwork flower project is good for beginners and experienced stumpwork embroiderers alike. You may, of course, stitch this design as a regular surface embroidery project instead.
- Sew in Love: Wired Needlelace Elements for Stumpwork
Wired Needlelace Elements for Stumpwork -- Whilst I was working the stumpwork poppy recently, I took some photos of the technique for one of the petals, which I thought may be of interest to anyone who wants to know how to create a wired element for
- Sew in Love: Stumpwork Blackberry Slip
Hi! Today I finally had a go at creating a simple beaded berry slip and, as I took photos of the whole process, I thought you'd enjoy sharing it with me. I decided to have a go at a blackberry as you can get a few more colours of bead in the berry th
- Sew in Love: Stumpwork Ladybird Tutorial
Today I have a tutorial for you helping you to create a ladybird (ladybug) in raised work. You can also vary the design, as you'll see at the end. The tute appeared in the spring 2012 edition of 'Crazy Quilt Gatherings', but I was disappointed to see
- The Floss Box | Tutorial
The Floss Box -- learn to make a stumpwork snail.
- Embroidery in progress: An Elizabethan Stumpwork Bride’s Bag – 4 | Janet Granger's Blog
I'd been putting off stitching the foxgloves on this second side of the Bride's BagÂ - partly because there are four flowers, and I thought that it would be boring to stitch very time-consuming but similar things over and over again, and partly becau
- How to make stumpwork Hydrangeas | Di van Niekerk
Learn to make stumpwork hydrangeas. For interesting dimensional flowers, stumpwork Hydrangeas are ideal. The Hydrangeas are made separately and then attached onto the main design. They are easy to make and I will show you how to make these with Frenc
Supplies for Stumpwork Embroidery ~ Floss, Needles, Fabric, Hoop, Patterns
Get started making your own stumpwork embroidery creations. The supplies you'll need are minimal, and you may already have some on hand.
The results of this raised embroidery needlework are fabulous! Make your own stumpwork piece to keep or to give.
Stumpwork includes both raised embroidery
and padded embroidery giving the final piece
a three-dimensional look.
This type of needlework lends itself well to designs that show off texture like the bark on a tree and leaves against a summer sky.
Make Flower Fairies that Jump Off the Canvas
This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!