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embroidering over foam sheets

fabricholic | Posted in Creative Machine on

Has anyone done embroidery over the foam sheets? Looks like it would work well, but I haven’t tried it.



  1. JanF | | #1

    What is this - can u explain a bit further - otherwise i might just be missing something? Jan

    1. Cherrypops | | #3


      This link will take you to a short video about Puff Foam embroidery.

      http://www.emblibrary.com/el/elprojects/holder.aspx?page=video_puff Click on the square to access video.


      (Sorry to jump on you Marcy, I had the link in my favourites)

  2. Cherrypops | | #2


    I too would like to know.I've seen many websites explaining the Puffy Foam technique but haven't done it myself either.

    Julie Hall is in Victoria Australia. These bullion roses uses the Sulky puffy foam. There is also a free bullion rose design on the webpage.



    1. fabricholic | | #6

      Girl, you go. Where do you find all of these cool websites. Thank you so much. They really do puff up the design. It looks really nice. I've got to try it. Now, what is stumpwork?Marcy

      1. Cherrypops | | #9

        Stumpwork! Are you tricking me again marcy???

        Stumps me!!!!! LOL. Do you mean Hand Stumpwork or Machine Stumpwork??

        My ma has just done one Machine Embroidered piece. I will ask her to email me a photo and then i can post it.

        I will find another cool website for you. Here it is:

        http://www.punchwithjudy.com.au/shop/home.php is one of my ma's faves. Type 'stumpwork' in the search bar. 

        * * * Stumpwork is a style of embroidery where the stitched figures are raised from the surface of the work to form a 3-dimensional effect. Stitches can be worked around pieces of wire to create individual forms such as leaves, insect wings or flower petals. This form is then applied to the main body of work by piercing the background fabric with the wires and securing tightly. Other shapes can be created using padding under the stitches, usually in the form of felt layers sewn one upon the other in increasingly smaller sizes. The felt is then covered with a layer of embroidery stitches. This method is frequently used to create tree trunks, the bases of flowers, and human forms. Berries and other fruits, insects and animal bodies can be created using beads covered in thread and applied to the background fabric.

        A modern day sub category of this art form used primarily in production embroidery on automated embroidery machines is referred to as PUFF embroidery. The process involves putting down, typically, a layer of foam rubber larger than the intended shape on top of the target material to be decorated. The shape is then embroidered on top of the foam rubber in such a way that the needle penetrations cut the foam rubber around the periphery of the shape. When the embroidery is finished the excess foam rubber is weeded (pulled away or cleaned off) from the design area, leaving the underlying foam rubber shape trapped under the embroidery stitches resulting in a STUMPWORK effect.

        PUFF embroidery generally lacks the intricate design characteristics obtainable with true STUMPWORKS techniques and is primarily seen on leisure wear such as baseball caps, sweatshirts and jackets. Many times the designs are used to portray company logos or team mascots.* * * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stumpwork

        Cherry :)


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        Edited 2/24/2007 4:36 am by Cherrypops

        1. fabricholic | | #12

          No, I'm not tricking you. When I saw it on the website you gave earlier, I wondered what it was. Now, this sounds really neat, over wire. The other sounds like embroidery over foam sheets, like I was talking about. I've got to get my tax papers ready. We have to file with the Internal Revenue Service today. I can't wait. LOL I dread this every year. The weird thing is I never know if we will get money back or have to pay. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to it. I would say wish me luck, but I know someone else is looking out for me today, I don't need luck.Marcy

    2. fabricholic | | #7

      Does it have to be Sulky puffy foam or just the foam sheets?Marcy

      1. Cherrypops | | #10

        From what i've read and been told,

        It is the quality of the sheets. How they are made makes a big difference to the finished look. The cheaper sheets tend to crumble under neeedle pressure.

        Like everything you get what you pay for.

        I would try both types of sheets to see which looks, feels and holds it shape better.

        CherryP :)



        1. fabricholic | | #13

          I've got some I bought from Wal-Mart. I'll try them.Marcy

  3. Cherrypops | | #4

    The embroidery.com link i posted above have really cute digitised designs especially for puff foam. Being Beachy i love the flip flop sandals or thongs as we call them, and the puff bird.

    I am going to have to go thru my cd's to see if i have any similar.


    1. fabricholic | | #8

      I love flip flop designs. We can use our own designs for it, can't we.Marcy

      1. Cherrypops | | #11

        Once again I've read and been told you need specific digitised designs for this type of work.

        Just try one with your own design. To me there is no big difference unless I am missing something.


        1. fabricholic | | #14

          I'll try to get to it today.Marcy

  4. fabricholic | | #5

    It is a thin foam sheet you can get at craft stores and Wal-Mart in different colors. I think it is suppose to make you embroidery puff up and look more 3D. That's is what made me think of it. Someone else talking about the 3D look.Marcy

  5. Cherrypops | | #15

    Hi there,

    Did you get a chance to try 'puff foam embroidery'? If so, how was it?



    1. fabricholic | | #16

      No, I didn't. I am in to beading at the moment. I will have to get to that.

      1. Cherrypops | | #17

        Beading, as in sewing the beads or hot-fixing them? My mother-in-law is doing the hot-fix, makes her embroidery very pretty.

        1. fabricholic | | #18

          I have some hot fix crystals, but I was talking about stringing a necklace. I know that some of the embroidery on Hatched In Africa has places for the crystals. It is beautiful. I will try to post pictures of my necklaces.

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