Embroidery tips for everyone

Embroidery designs are something that are usually found in the vintage books that our mothers and grandmothers made when we were small. Today, designs can be found all over magazines, the internet and throughout communities – there are so many new ways to get involved. We’ve decided to add to the conversation by sharing our own tips with everyone that is interested in making their own Embroidery products -whether it be for their friends and family or for a future potential business.

Basic embroidery tools and materials

Everyone needs to start at the basic equipment which are:

– An embroidery needle (usually a hand sewing needle that has a sharp head point with the back part having a small circle for the floss)

– The embroidery hoop which is a wooden (or sometimes plastic) hoop that holds the fabric that will be used in the design.

– The Embroidery Scissors, there should be both large and small with sharp points for precise cutting.

– Five or six strand embroidery floss which is made from up to six strands of twisted thread. They come in hundreds of colours and styles, of which the most used one is the mercerized cotton embroidery floss. This kind of floss has the most strength and the best dye holding ability

Transferring the design onto the fabric

colorsThere are many ways to transfer a desired design to the fabric before the stitching process and the best ones are:

– Using the iron to transfer

Have the desired design printed on a paper and set your iron to no-steam and slowly iron it onto the desired fabric. This will transfer the design and make your stitching a much easier process. Just make sure when you are ironing to not move the iron around at all so that the design does not get damaged on the fabric.

– Tracing directly through fabric
The easiest way to transfer a design on to a piece of fabric is using the tracing method. For this, you will need a water marker and a window during the day. Just place your design on the window and your desired fabric over the design and slowly trace it with the marker. The water marker will get washed later and the design can be perfectly transferred. The only downside to this is that the fabric can’t be from a stretchy material as then the design might fluctuate.

– Carbon and graphite transfer paper
For this method, you will need a hard surface on which you will lay down your fabric and on top of that, you should place your transfer paper. Press the transfer paper with the needed pressure and make sure to peek under to see if you are applying enough pressure.

There are many more tips and tricks that we want to share with you so make sure to check out our other blogs and posts on the wonderful world of Embroidery.