The Easy Way to Begin Hand Embroidery

The Lazy Proof Way!

Hoop Hoop you are here now! You have been wanting to start Embroidery but worry it's way too complicated?

Embroidery is an easy and versatile craft that can be used in many different ways. You can get started by grabbing some materials or a Beginners Kit, the second being a little easier for the lazy ones as you get all materials and instructions in a box! But for those that either have some material lying around and want to have a go, or want to choose their preferred materials from their craft store i will write below a list and 10 easy steps to get started with Hand Embroidery!

Essentials List

  1. Embroidery Hoop
  2. Embroidery Needles
  3. Cotton Fabric
  4. Water Soluble Pen or Pencil
  5. Embroidery Floss
  6. A design to transfer
  7. Embroidery Scissors 

drawing a hand embroidery design on hoop

Here i have used a pencil to draw and transfer my design, it works well on cotton and i tend to just cover it with my stitches..embroidered rose outline stitch

On this design i have used a split stitch and as you can see it is very effective!

10 Easy steps to get Started:

  1.  Wash your fabric or clothing item if it's the first time you are using it.
  2. Open the Embroidery Hoop by loosening the screw.
  3. Place the fabric on top of the plain hoop and close/sandwich together with the other piece.
  4. Tighten the fabric by pulling it gently around the hoop and tightening the screw as you go. It should sound like a drum when you tap it!
  5. Transfer the design by placing the hoop over it - in front of a window or a light box will make it easier, using a pencil or your water soluble pen.
  6. Thread your needle with an arms length of cotton floss and make a knot at one end. You can use the full 6 strands or separate them, i suggest starting with a full strand to begin with.
  7. Pull through your needle from back to front starting on one of the lines of your design.
  8. Use a running, back or split stitch to embroider, they are all very easy and look great, you can experiment to see which you prefer. You can sign up and  watch my videos to see how they are done HERE.
  9. Whenever you run out of thread or want to change colour, take your needle to the back of the Hoop, pass it through a previous stitch and through the loop you created. This creates a knot and secures your stitch.
  10. When you are done with your design remove the hoop by unscrewing it, or if you wish to use as Wall Art you can finish off the back this way: trim the fabric around the Hoop to 2-3 cm. Use a loose running stitch around the edge and when you finish pull the thread so it gathers. Secure the end with a knot and you are done!

If you are looking for an easy design to start with and more tips you can Sign Up to my Muse Club and get a FREE Poppy flower pattern and the stitch library with videos.

Want to stitch and customise your Denim Jeans, follow my recent Tutorial!

Want to get all you need in a KIT? Browse my Beginners Kits Here


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