How to make an embroidery nest

These little nests are so fun and easy to make, and I got a few questions about them, so I thought I would make a little how-to explaining how I do them.

The eggs are made with polymer clay, in this case, I use Fimo.  I roll up a bunch at once, often of different sizes so I hopefully have enough of a similar size for the project.

Then I place the selected eggs on the fabric and measure about how big the inner circle of the nest should be to fit the eggs. I use a circle stencil to draw the circle on the fabric.

Then I gather up some long embroidery floss. For this example I used the colors 642, 840, 3781, 3782, 611, two strands of each together on the needle. (Use a big needle!)  Then I begin couching down the threads around the circle.

I continue on around, overlapping the couch stitches with the previous round.

After I have the width I like, I pile on more layers of couching over the ones I just did. I don’t have any set number, it all depends on how big you want your nest to be.

When I am satisfied, I used one of the browns to fill in the bottom of the nest with satin stitch. I usually pick a medium brown shade for the job.

Then I make little branches sticking out around the nest. They are randomish, but I usually make them pointed all in the same direction.  Some have an extra little branch or two on them and some don’t. I use one of the medium browns for this.

Then I add some lazy daisies around on the little branches with a nice shade of green for leaves.

Now the nest is done, I glue down the eggs, using a clear drying craft glue such as Ailene’s. It works real well for this.

And that’s it!

I hope you will give it a try!

2 thoughts on “How to make an embroidery nest”

  1. Thank you so much for this nest!!! I have some French cotton with a branch, bird, nest, and, of course, a honeybee. I wanted to make a white vest and line it with the cotton and embroider the motif on the front panel. I was stumped. Thank you so much. I see a lot of your pages are gone. Your work is so lovely, I hope your website goes well. I will be back. Thank you again.

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