Embroidery is a great hobby for anyone to take up – it helps you improve your focus, relax and reduce stress, and express your creativity by making something you love. However, it can be difficult to start embroidery if you have never sewn before. Before you begin your first embroidery project, you may want to consider practicing these basic techniques and skills that you will need to know.
– The first thing you’ll need to learn how to do is thread a needle. Although this may seem like a no-brainer, it can actually be quite difficult, especially if you are working with a very small needle. Before you thread the needle, you’ll want to tie a basic knot at the end of the thread to attach it and help it stay put when you start embroidering. If you are having trouble threading the needle, try licking your thread. It may sound strange, but it helps the thread move through the needle more easily.
– Once you are done with a particular thread, you’ll need to learn how to end it so that it stays put. You’ll do this by making a basic knot, but the technique is a little difficult for many beginners. When you get to your last stitch, make sure to make it fairly large. Pull the thread back through again to the other side so that the needle is facing the last stitch. This should be on the back of your project. You’ll then take your needle and run in through the last stitch (sometimes the last two or three, depending on what you are doing). Pull it through about halfway, leaving a loop. Then, pull the needle through this loop, making a knot. Pull it tight and then trim it to suit your needs. This may take some trial and error before you master the technique.
– It can also be incredibly helpful to learn how to prep your fabric for an embroidery project. There isn’t one right or wrong way to do this, but learning a few basic steps is a good way to establish your own personal routine. Decide what project you are going to be working on, and then cut your fabric to fit your needs. You may want to leave a little extra room to work with as you are first starting, and then trim it again after you finish the project. After you cut your fabric, it may start to fray, in which case you will want to neaten the edge so that it does not continue to fray as you work and so it looks nice and tidy. You can do this by hand sewing a whip stitch around the edges, or using a sewing machine to finish up the edges if you have one.
– Finally, you’ll want to learn a few basic stitches and just practice the technique before you start on your first project. These include a chain stitch, crown stitch, whip stitch, back stitch, and running stitch, although there may be other stitches that you personally want to learn depending on what you are going to make. Take a spare piece of fabric and just experiment with the stitches until you feel comfortable.
Learning to embroider can be very difficult, but it is also extremely rewarding. You can learn these basic techniques by yourself with some trial and error, but it also may help you to practice with a friend or family member who already knows how to do them if you are struggling. You may also want to consider taking a class to learn the ins and outs of embroidery.