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How to Embroider 101

Embroidery is not as difficult as you may think. You’ll get it down in no time! And, with a bit of practice, you may find that embroidery is the perfect way to relax after a crazy, busy day. My favorite way to unwind is Netflix and embroidery.

This post includes everything you need to begin embroidery, and a few tips and tricks to help you along the way. Keep reading to learn how to begin!!

If you are nervous about beginning embroidery, I have a few patterns and kits that I HIGHLY recommend for beginning embroidery artists. These patterns/kits come with instructions for what stitches to use, how to create each stitch, and the color thread you will need. So if you are needing somewhere to start, check out the patterns and all-inclusive kits available.

Beginner Embroidery Patterns and Kits:

Wild Sunflowers
Wild Daisies
Donut Worry Be Happy
I’d Spend All Nine Lives With You
Squeeze the Day
Be a Flamingo in a Flock of Pigeons

1.MATERIALS YOU WILL NEED:

embroidery hoop – an embroidery hoop has two rings. You put the fabric between the hoops and keep it pulled tight. They come in several sizes, so you can get the size that works for the embroidery piece you are creating.

fabric – you can use any fabric you want to. My favorite fabric to use is linen and linen blends. I like it because it stretches and doesn’t “pucker.”

small, sharp scissors – really, any scissors will work, but embroidery scissors are cute and they get the job done!

embroidery floss – I love DMC embroidery floss, but there are many other cheaper brands you can use as well. I prefer DMC because the color doesn’t bleed onto my fabric.

embroidery needle – there are sever sizes you can buy, depending on the thickness of your thread. I usually work with a size 7 needle and it works with all thread sizes I use.

water soluble marker – this will be used to trace your design onto your fabric

2. HOW TO TRANSFER YOUR PATTERN

Follow these steps in my Instagram post for how to transfer your design onto your fabric. Follow @threadunraveled.stitches on Instagram for more tips and tricks on embroidery.

3. STITCH YOUR DESIGN

In this video tutorial, I will teach you 7 simple stitches: the back stitch, split stitch, chain stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, french knot, and lazy daisy stitch. This free embroidery pattern will allow you to practice many of these simple stitches. Once you have mastered these stitches you will be able to create your own art.

4. HOW TO BACK YOUR EMBROIDERY HOOP

My favorite way to finish off an embroidery hoop is with felt on the back. There are many other methods, but this is the method I have found to be the most professional looking and safe for the embroidery art I created. Here are step-by-step instructions for how to back your embroidery hoop with felt.

How to Back an Embroidery Hoop with Felt

There are so many ways you can back an embroidery hoop and some of them are great and some of them are, well, sketchy. I’ve done some experimenting and the method I feel looks most professional and doesn’t put your embroidery at risk with things like hot glue is the FELT METHOD. And the best part is it’s EASY! Here’s how to do it in just 5 simple steps!

*VIDEO TUTORIAL at the bottom of this post!

Step 1: Trim around your hoop so that your fabric is in a circle and pull the fabric tight so that it is firm in the embroidery hoop.

Step 2: Do a running stitch around the hoop and then pull the thread tight. This will cinch all your fabric together. Tie a knot to secure the fabric.

Step 3: Trace your hoop onto the felt and cut it out. You will have to trim it down a little so that it matches the size of your inner hoop.

Step 4: Place the felt on the back of your hoop and do a whip stitch around the hoop. Grab both layers (your embroidered fabric and the felt so they are being attached to each other) and go all the way around your hoop.

Step 5: Tie off the thread with a knot to secure the the felt.

Here’s a video tutorial for how I have followed these 5 simple steps to back an embroidery hoop with felt!