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Taking flight – The wasp

This project contains stumpwork

In the 5th part of this project we will embroider the wasp in stumpwork.

We will use the same technique as before for the butterfly but we will replace the embroidered wings by wings made with organza ribbon.

The templates necessary for the realization of the insect wings can be downloaded HERE.

Place a 1.5 cm wide organza ribbon on the wings of the wasp printed on the fabric. Install the embroidery into the hoop and hold the ribbon with a few dots.

Couch a thread on the contours of the wings.

Embroider the outline of the wings with a very fine blanket stitch 1 thread over the couching. The ribbon is now firmly secured and you can cut the unnecessary parts to get clear wings.

Border the contour of the abdomen with a split back stitch 1 thread.

Fill the inside of the abdomen vertically with large straight stitches and 3 threads.




Now stitch the body with satin stitch 1 thread changing color. I alternated 6 yellow stitches and 6 brown stitches.

Add straight stitches 1 thread for the legs and antennas as well as a French knot 2 threads 2 wraps for the head.

Using the downloaded template, reproduce the pattern of the wings on a piece of water-soluble stabilizer fabric. Personally I use Soluvlies from the Vlieseline brand.

Place this piece of fabric in your hoop covered with 2 pieces of ribbons that will form the wings.


As previously for the butterfly, fix the wire on the outline of the wing using small stitches with 1 thread.

To give a fluid shape to the wing, proceed slowly and avoid bending the wire. Do not forget to leave 2 floating pieces about 1.5 cm at each end of the shape. They will serve as anchors during final assembly.

Embroider a blanket stitch 1 thread over the wire for the contour of the wings.

Carefully cut the wings as close to the blanket stitch as possible but of course avoiding to bite into the thread.

Wipe the wings under lukewarm water to remove the nonwoven film and mop it thoroughly.

The wings are ready to be assembled.

The wasp finished

For the needs of the picture, I set the wings without fixing them.

It is necessary to wait until the end of the project to fix definitively the parts of stumpwork at the back of the embroidery.