The title says it all. I want to start exploring embroidery because it looks like a lot of fun and much more interesting than cross stitch. Over the last two years, I've lost interest in needlework because I'm bored with cross stitch. But, I'm not sure how to start an embroidery project. Are there kits? Do I pick a pattern and go? Anyone have any suggestions? So excited to be here and part of this wonderful, creative community. <3 Janet
Good idea, Sue. Thank you.
Sue Noble said:
Join an embroidery group they usually do work shops of lots of different things to try. My Groups is doing one next April learning how to make handbags :-)
I think that the fabric you use to embroider on influences the way you stitch. When I first started tast, I used aida and my normal free-style embroidery became more restricted and 'formal'. My advice is use a variety of fabrics- even create your own from fibres. This will free-up your stitching; if you have an interesting background to start with it is less intimidating than a big 'blank page', so to speak. Anyway the whole point is to experiment & have fun!
This is my first post; I'm a new member :)
The way I started embroidering is with a kit; that way everything is there for you. You don't need to figure out which fabric, needle(s), flosses (yummy, yummy yummy flosses!) backing and so on that you will need. Some kits even come with a hoop included so you can try hooped vs. working in hand (no hoop).
I also collect any and every embroidery stitch book I can find; my suggestion would be to start with a basic stitches book - found in most craft stores, needle work stores and on line.
As Mary Corbet's Needle 'N Thread is an integral part of this group I think it's O.K. to mention her web site. The moderator will decide. Mary's site has video stitch tutorials - GREAT! and is a wealth of information.
Once you get started with surface embroidery you will find an entire Universe of techniques and supplies, all incredibly exciting! Stump work, gold work, Brazilian Embroidery, White work, Black work, red work, needle painting.......the list is endless!
I am so excited for you!
Let us know how you are getting along!
Hi Janet, you are right....embroidery is so much more varied than cross stitch, and like you I progressed from cross stitch to embroidery ! I would start with a basic introduction to the stitches and learn the 'anatomy ' of each stitch ( how the stitch is done ) in each case and once you've learnt to do one stitch then move on to the next !
This is how I learnt and I have never looked back ! If you get stuck on any of the stitches, I would be more than willing to help you ! This is my email address, if you need any help............ Bikerdcr@aol.com
I am working on an embroidery snowman kit right now. It is on a hand towel. Actually there are two hand towels. I am half done and I will post a photo when done. It is probably one of my first experience on a hand towel.
Hi everyone, I am also another cross stitcher but embroidery is my first love. Gee I remember when I started, I stitched a lot of pillowcases that were here at home. Also a suggestion is chain stitch and a great way to experiment further with it. I just love free style embroidery as a lots of members here say, you start with a picture in mind and then go from there but there is one thing that you have to keep in mind its very dimensional and loose so your stitches have to be very loose. but its a case of learning as you go on your journey. Oh yes please dont undo your work you need to keep these to see how you are getting better with each step of the way. Have fun is the most important thing.
I use to do only cross stitch, but recently i started doing other techniques as well. I always told myself i could not do those amazing stitches, but I have started and i CAN do it (even if i still have to improve, but that is the fun of it, is it not?). I just started a project and stitched!. To start with a kit is a good idea, but I was impatient and wanted to go right away, so i did.
Have a look at books for different techniques, I found nice books, second hand for just a few euros with lots of lovely patterns and they take me through the process stap by stap.
Or maybe you can find somebody in your vicinity to teach or help you. ( I wish i had someone like that:)
Another thing that I needed to do before starting a new project was telling myself it was ok for the project to fail, even if that means i wasted the fabric and thread ( it helps me to get started and find my confidence:) And tell you what, it never failed and i am improving bit by bit:)
Hope to seen nice projects from you very soon!!!!
Hi Janet! I just came across this post and wanted to recommend the book The Embroidery Stitch Bible - it's relatively compact and is spiral bound so it's easy to work with. I will admit though, that nothing is better for me than Mary's videos. I recommend them whenever I can and use them all the time.
As for just starting out, I began stitching on some muslin I had lying around - I just put it in the hoop and began practicing stitches. There are so many patterns out there for free too - check Flickr for vintage embroidery patterns - there are tons of them! Good luck! :)