The new year is a great time to start a new craft. We are still in the midst of Winter in the UK and often look for something to keep our mind stimulated. When the warmer weather arrives I often find myself leaving the crafts as I’m lured out into the garden. So if your looking for something to keep your hands busy with over the winter months, maybe now is the time for you to master embroidery.
Master Embroidery and use the right tools
The right tools make all the difference when learning a new craft. The good thing about embroidery is you don’t need very many. My recommendations would be:
A good pair of sharp embroidery scissors.
A selection of quality embroidery threads, I always use DMC.
Invest in a great reference book
Looking on the internet is fantastic for inspiration, but sometimes having a great reference book in front of you is way more valuable. For one thing they don’t have a timeout when your focusing on your craft. This book is so good, I featured it in my top 7 go to craft books.
Start with the basics
My recommendation would be to start with the Running stitch as most people have used this one at some time in their life. It is the easiest to master and can be used in all manner of creative ways.
Pick one stitch and master it
Once you’ve learnt a few stitches I think you should really focus on mastering one stitch.
My favourites are back stitch and chain stitch. In this feathers piece I have used solely back stitch on one and chain stitch on the other. I love the simplicity and elegant beauty of it.
Make a sampler
I love a sampler and have many in my craft room. Not only are they a great way to practice the stitches you learn, but are a great visual reference too.
I love the textural quality of this sampler. Sewn on Linen with beautiful satin threads not only is it a joy to look at, I love to run my fingers over the rows of stitches.
Read some tutorials
The internet is a wealth of information and inspiration and I would recommend reading some tutorials to help you master this craft. Why not have a look at my Back stitch tutorial to start you off?
To master embroidery or any craft for that matter you have to enjoy it. Find images you want to create, stitches you enjoy sewing and things you want to decorate with thread. It is ultimately a very personal craft and you can take it wherever you want to.
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