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
- 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.