5/8/11

embroidery


I mentioned about a week ago that I have been working on some embroidery. Very, very cute embroidery. 


I got the patterns from this book: 


This is a great beginners book, full of simple designs and photos. It also comes with a cd so you can resize and print the images over and over again. 

Want to start embroidering? 

Here are the basic supplies you will need:
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Fabric
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Image transfers or something to transfer images with
 
 I cannot justify giving you my own tutorial on embroidery work, especially considering I learned everything from someone else's tutorials or videos. I am not a cheater so I won't take someone else's answers :)

I do have some tips and helpful websites for you: 
  • YouTube. Use it. Search any stitch or any little embroidery related thing and you will find major help. I know I did. 
  • Sublime Stitching. There are great ideas, step by step guides, and lots of tools and patterns for sale. Awesome resource. 
  • Don't stress if it doesn't look perfect. I noticed my stitch quality improving very quickly, so if you aren't perfect at first, just go with it. You'll get it.
  • I used a really sturdy material because I didn't want to use fabric stabilizer. Most books and tutorials recommend a stabilizer, but with a sturdy enough fabric and an embroidery hoop you can get by without it. 
  • For transferring images: I just use a water soluble marking pen from Hobby Lobby to trace an image directly onto the fabric.

I hung my finished embroidery in our bathroom. Cute, but it doesn't scream "Crazy crafty person lives here!" Or maybe it does. Whatevs.

Personally, I enjoy a tiny embroidered mermaid in my bathroom. 

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38 comments:

  1. Those are super cute!! I've been thinking of doing some embroidery for a wihle now! This is going right on my To Do List :)

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  2. Thanks for this post! I am on the hunt for just these sort of resources. I have an embroidery hoop sitting in my craft area, and I have no clue how to get started. Time to go see if my library has that book!

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  3. Those are soooo cute! Seems like something I might actually be able to do ;)

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  4. Love them! Im all about trying to figure out embroidery lately so this was right up my alley:)
    xo,
    Sarah

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  5. those are so cute! I love them, gotta give it a try!

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  6. That's adorable! Would love to find that book, looks like they have some really cute designs!!

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  7. adorable! i absolutely love these!! <3

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  8. I've fallen in love with embroidery as well and have been dying to get that book. Your hoops turned out adorable!

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  9. Super cute! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  10. Thanks everyone for your sweet comments!

    I try to answer all my comments via email but like to answer questions on here so that everyone can share.

    The book - Doodle Stitching - can be found on Amazon. I have also seen it in Borders, etc. Like one commenter said, check your library also! Great idea!

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  11. O wow! Thanks for sharing. I was just wanting to learn how to do something like this. And I love the designs!!!

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  12. amazing..very cute & creative..i love embroidery..you can see some of my work on my blog sidebar,i hope you will enjoy :)

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  13. Good job. These are adorable! They would look fantastic in a nursery...

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  14. I love that book, and Sublime Stitching books. Awesome!

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  15. very cute! I've just been thinking this week about trying my hand at embroidery! Love the mermaid one.
    http://thecraftingfiend.blogspot.com

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  16. Oh these are beyond cute! You did a great job. Love how simple and clean they are. Would go perfect in my daughters mermaid room! http://sewtotallysmitten.blogspot.com/2010/10/sophias-mermaid-bedroom.html I may have to try my hand at this.

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  17. Adorable. Might have to give it a try.

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  18. I loooove these!! I used to do embroidery all the time. Then it sort of went out of style. These however ROCK! Thanks! You are making me think of diving back into it!

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  19. These are too cute! And they look so great on the wall!!

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  20. Thanks for the book suggestion! I requested it from my library. Can't wait to try some of the patterns. Yours look totally cute in the bathroom. Great idea!

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  21. Understated yet SO SO cute! Great job! I love that book, I have yet to create something from it.... but after seeing this, maybe I'll dig it out again! Thanks!

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  22. wayyyyy too cute! i love anything mermaid!

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  23. those are so cute. i've been eying that book on my amazon wish list for what feels like forever.
    now i'm thinking it might need to come live at my house. :)

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  24. Oh my goodness, adorable! I love the merman--so, so cute! Great project!

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

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  25. Those are SO cute and you did such a good day. I want that book.

    I am a finalist in a huge room makeover giveaway. I would really appreciate it if you would take a moment and stop by and vote for me. I'm 3#. Thanks. Laura

    http://vintagerevivals.blogspot.com/2011/05/top-5-plead-their-case.html

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  26. So Cute. I'm completely addicted to embroidery these days. Thanks for the peek and something new.

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  27. so so cute! keep wanting to pick up this book, i think you just pushed me over the edge! :) thanks for sharing!

    found you via tt&j!

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  28. Adorable. Just too stinking cute.

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  29. Thank you for linking up! I am obsessed with embroidery. It's my "relax while I watch tv" activity of choice.
    My favorite thing to do? Iron freezer paper onto fabric of choice, design something in Photoshop (or whatever program) and print the design onto the fabric. It's perfect every time and takes less time than tracing. ;)

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  30. I have this book and it is amazing! It breaks everything down and makes it so simple. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. These are just beautiful. My daughter and I have a slight mermaid obsession....wow. I guess I'm going to have to learn how to do this. ;) Thanks for the tips and links.

    I think these would be so sweet in an "under the sea" nursery with some Heather Ross fabric. thanks for sharing your work. :)

    vanessa

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  32. Wow! Such lovely and cute wall decors, eh. Embroidery designs are classic and inspiring too. Love this!

    Cheers,
    Cathy@The Cheap Scrubs Pockets Galore

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  33. Those are very cute, could you tell me what kind of fabric you used? Thank you!

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