How to Get Started with an Embroidery Hobby

Everyone has seen at least one striking craft project on social media that has them thinking, “Could I make that?” Social media has helped to spread a love for embroidery crafts and projects throughout the world. With just a few blog articles and video tutorials under their belt, anyone can become an embroidery artist.

Starter Tools

Getting started in the world of hand embroidery can be done very cheaply. All of the tools needed can be picked up in the craft department of a local big box store.

  • Embroidery Loop – Start small with a basic, 6-inch wooden or plastic hoop.
  • Fabric – Choose a lightweight quilting cotton
  • Needle – Embroidery needles have larger eyes than sewing needles so as to accommodate thicker embroidery floss.
  • Embroidery Floss – Depending on whether or not a pattern will be used, start with any brand available in the colors needed.
  • Pattern and Water Soluble Pen – Using a pattern will help to teach various stitches. The pen is used to transfer the pattern to the cotton.

Learning Embroidery Stitches

Craftylity has a wonderful video called “DIY Hand Embroidery Stitches Tutorial for Beginners.” This tutorial shows how to complete ten basic and common embroidery stitches: running stitch, stem stitch, blanket stitch, cross stitch, back stitch, feather stitch, chain stitch, whipped running stitch, herringbone stitch and the French knot. Because some people learn best through the use of written steps, Craftylity has included those on their site as well.

Once the most common stitches have been mastered, there are variations of each stitch to learn as well as specialty stitches. Craftylity has also created a video to show ten variations of the blanket stitch. Tutorials for specialty stitches, such as the beautiful tied windmill stitch, can be found on YouTube.

Machine Embroidery for Fast Results

For those who want the instant gratification of a completed embroidery project in less than an hour, purchasing an embroidery machine from a sewing company like Statewide Sewing Centre is an exciting way to go. All embroidery machines come complete with the necessary hoops and built-in embroidery designs to embellish projects. Many also have the option to connect to a computer for updates and added designs. It’s as simple as setting up the machine and pushing a button.

For embroidery inspiration, check out Pinterest or Etsy. Then head to the nearest craft store for some supplies. Learning how to complete embroidery projects can lead to a lifelong, rewarding hobby.

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