The art of embroidery has been around for ages. Although it started as an activity to mend clothing, but over the years, it has grown to be one of the most creative endeavours. The hand-crafted embroidery costs much more than the machine printed ones. This is just one of a gems. If you are a newbie and is fascinated with embroidery, I’ve got your back!
Here you will get all the information that you must know before starting embroidery.
Supplies You Need to Start with Embroidery
- Embroidery Hoops:
There are different types of hoops available in the market with varying sizes and inches. You’ll need it to put the fabric in between the hoops, which will keep the fabric taut and make the sewing easier.
- Thread (Embroidery Floss):
There are tons of colours of threads available in the market. You’ll need to choose the best quality for your work. You can buy these in bulk in order to reduce the price.
- Small, sharp scissors:
Embroidery scissors are specifically designed to trim threads. It’s small and sharp. You will have to cut threads and cloths using it and hence this needs to be sharp enough.
There are various sizes of embroidery needles and they come in packs. You need to choose the right one, depending on the type of fabric you’re planning to sew.
For a beginner it is suggested to start working with pure cotton fabric. Cotton is easy to deal with. Eventually, you can move on to other fabrics including silk, nylon and more.
Make sure your fabric is not too stretched and the weave isn’t too loose. These are a few of the supplies that are not necessary but will help you stay organized.
- Thread organizer:
Use these handy bins to store your embellishments thread and other supplies all in one place.
- Plastic bobbins:
If you have a lot of thread, this will be a total lifesaver for you. Before starting off stitching, write the colour of the thread on the bobbin and wind around the plastic piece. Any time you run out of a thread; it will help you to know what type of thread to buy.
What Is the Best Fabric for Embroidery?
When it comes to choosing the said best fabric for embroidery one must be overwhelmed to find so many options in the market. Different fabrics have different characteristics and uniqueness and must be chosen depending on the embroidery you’re planning to use. It depends on the project you are planning to do. Since you starting as a newbie, we would suggest you start with fabric that is easily available at home maybe pillowcases, napkins are more.
Fabrics To Avoid If You’re a Beginner:
- Smooth Shiny Satin fabrics.
- Stretchy and jersey fabrics
- Velvet, fleece, corduroy.
- Transparent, thin
- Gauze fabric.
What Are the Benefits of Practising Embroidery?
The benefits of practising embroidery are endless here are a few of them.
- Interior Decoration:
You don’t need to book an interior designer for your home. Use your sewing machine to turn your home into a place of artwork that does not take extensive skill, money or time.
- Create gifts for kids:
Everyone loves gifts especially kids. You can take your skills to create a personal personalized gift for kids. It is fun and they will surely love it when you try and involve them to spend time in making it.
- Save money:
Purchasing fabric and making bags, pillowcases, quilts out of it will save a lot of money. You can also use the leftover fabric and use it to make other things out of it.
Anything made by sewing and embroidery is recyclable. It can be recycled and transformed, and the limits are endless.
Making something from scratch gives a sense of accomplishment and confidence. Eventually, after some time, you’ll start making your designs and it will be rewarding and fun!Embroidery is an art that has been passed on to people through generations. The online video sites are the best place for beginners to learn such crafts. You must have the required tools and the knowledge to become a master. But once you do, it will be rewarding. Read this article and full advantage of it and start your embroidery journey today.
By Ashley Kinsella