With this complete list of basic and essential embroidery supplies and tools, you’ll be finishing off masterpieces in no time. Learn which tools and materials you must have to get started on this wonderful hobby by reading the list below.
A Beginner’s Guide to Embroidery Supplies
1. Choosing the Right Fabric
Your fabric serves as the foundation for your entire embroidery project. As such, choosing the right kind of fabric could either make or break your project. You want to choose a fabric that holds your threads’ structure and weight, even without the hoop.
Avoid fabrics that wrinkle or pucker up with stitches. Choose lighter fabrics that are more forgiving. Pay attention to the thread count on your fabric as well.
- As a beginner, you might want to start with cotton first. Cotton has a looser weave and lower thread count. This means your needle can easily puncture through the threads.
- Reserve the higher thread count fabrics for when you are more experienced with your embroidery needles.
2. Getting the Right Embroidery Threads
In embroidery, threads are just as important as the fabrics you use. Your embroidery gets the texture it needs to be a gorgeous masterpiece with the right kind of thread.
Most beginners use stranded cotton threads. Also known as embroidery floss, these threads come in skeins. They are also separated from one to six separate fine threads.
3. Selecting a Marking Tool
I highly recommend using water-soluble fabric markers. They can wash off easily after your project.
4. Choosing the Right Needle for the Task
For beginners, I highly recommend these three types of needles:
- The Crewel Needle – The crewel needle, seen on the left, is considered the most basic embroidery needle. It has a sharp tip with a medium-long eye that is slightly bigger than its shaft.
- The Tapestry Needle – The tapestry needle, the one in the middle, has a blunt tip and longer eye that is slightly larger than its shaft. Compared to the crewel needle, it has a shorter shaft.
- The Milliner Needle – The milliner needle, on the right, features a pointed tip, a very long shaft, and an almost round eye.
5. Getting the Right Hoops and Frames
The most prominent supply in embroidery is its hoops. Hoops keep your fabric in place and keep your embroidery from getting warped. Once done, you can place your embroidery in frames that come in plastic or wood.
6. Selecting the Right Kind of Scissors
7. Keep an Organized Storage
Also, keep a place to hang your hoop for your future projects. An organized sewing space encourages greater productivity.
Check out Amanda Rolfe’s video on 7 Basic Embroidery Stitches that will surely come in handy:
These hand embroidery supplies for beginners are super easy to find and readily available at your local embroidery shops and craft stores. There’s nothing more exciting than learning new crafts and knowing the materials you need are accessible.
Take advantage of this simplicity and start your first embroidery project today!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on February 29, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.