How to Embroider a Stumpwork Design: Free Video Tutorial

When I heard that I could stitch stumpwork on my embroidery machine, one of my first thoughts was, “What’s stumpwork?” It’s not a technique I knew anything about, so – of course – I Googled it.

Machine Embroidered Stumpwork Flower

Stumpwork is a type of three-dimensional embroidery in which design components such as flower petals and butterfly wings are stitched separately and edged with wire, then attached to the main motif. In addition, padding may be added under stitches to create dimension. 

Examples of hand-crafted stumpwork are shown on the cover of Kate Sinton’s Stumpwork. The bee in the upper right corner alighting on a flower is an excellent example of this technique.

Stumpwork - 3D bee and flower

Watch the video to see the entire machine-stitched stumpwork process, from selecting and stitching individual wire-outlined components to assembling the completed motif.

2 thoughts on “How to Embroider a Stumpwork Design: Free Video Tutorial

    1. Hi, Gretchen – Are you on a smartphone/tablet or on a computer? Video links aren’t currently working on phones or tablets; we’re working on that. Meanwhile you should be able to view videos using a computer. If not, please let us know. Jo

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