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Getting Started with Embroidery

Choosing your Design

Beginner embroiderers may like to start with an embroidery kit, which will guide you step-by-step and teach you techniques you can then confidently use in your own designs.

Choosing your Fabric 

Embroidery designs are most commonly stitched on a tight weave fabric that hold stitches well and tight. However embroidery is not restricted to a small number of bases, and is often experimented on many different mediums.

Preparing your Fabric 

Depending on the size of your project, you may like to use a hoop (smaller projects), or snap frame (larger projects) to secure your work. These keep your fabric tight and easier to stitch on.

Choosing your Thread

The best quality stranded thread (the most popular type for embroidery) you can buy is made from 100% Egyptian cotton and double mercerised for softness and sheen. Both DMC and Itchy Stitchy cottons are made from these materials.

Speciality threads, such as satin, and light effects are sometimes incorporated into a project to add something a bit special!

Preparing your Thread

Stranded floss is made up of 6 strands. If stitching from a pattern, your chart will indicate how many strands to use.

 

Basic Embroidery Stitches Guide

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