My Best 3 Tips for Beginners to Embroidery
Embroidery is a beautiful and rewarding craft that anyone can learn, but it can feel overwhelming to those just starting out. In this blog post, we will provide beginner tips for hand embroidery to help you get started on your stitching journey. From selecting the right materials to mastering basic stitches, here at Mindful Mantra Embroidery we've got you covered!
Here are my 3 best tips for beginning embroidery:
- Start with a simple design or pattern
First, choose a pattern with basic stitches that you can easily learn and practice, that matches your skill level and experience.
If you’re wondering how to do this, try to look for a pattern with only a few colours, and with fewer small, intricate details. This could also mean choosing patterns with larger elements and clear outlines, as opposed to teeny details that could be really tricky to stitch.
If there are only a few different stitches to learn and a few colours to change between, it is much less overwhelming to get you started. You can also look for tutorials and instructional videos on YouTube to guide you through the process.
Another way to start simple is by specifically stitching a sampler pattern. These are patterns designed with a focus on teaching different embroidery stitches. You can find our Stitch Sampler Patterns here!
- Invest in good quality materials:
High-quality embroidery thread, hoops and needles can make a big difference in the final product that you create. It will not only make your embroidery look better, it will also make the process much more enjoyable!
So, what should you look for?
Look for embroidery hoops that are made from sturdy materials like wood or plastic, and have a smooth finish. Ensure that the hoop fits your project size and is easy to tighten and loosen, so that it can hold your fabric taut throughout the embroidery process. I use and recommend Elbesee Embroidery Hoops for these exact reasons.
I have always and will always recommend DMC Embroidery Thread [affiliate link], and so will most embroidery artists! It comes in a beautiful range of varied colours, and is fantastic quality.
For needles, opt for those that are appropriate for embroidery. Embroidery needles typically have a larger eye and a sharper point, and different from tapestry, sewing and crewel needles. I’d recommend starting with a variety pack of different sized needles – my favourites are John James, DMC and Clover.
- Practice regularly
Embroidery, like any skill, takes practice.
Setting aside time to practice hand embroidery can be a challenge, but it's important to prioritise both your passion, and your self-care/me-time. Here are some tips to help you make time for embroidery:
- Schedule it in: Set aside a specific time in your day for embroidering. Treat it like any other appointment or commitment. Self-care and me-time should be scheduled in!
- Start small: If you're struggling to find time, start with just 10 or 15 minutes a day. It's better to practice a little bit consistently than to try to do too much at once and get overwhelmed.
- Make it a habit: Try to practice at the same time every day, or on specific days of the week. This helps to create a routine and make it a habit.
- Minimise distractions: Find a quiet, comfortable space to practice where you won't be interrupted. Turn off your phone or notifications to minimise distractions.
Remember, consistency is key. By making embroidery practice a priority and finding ways to fit it into your schedule, you'll be able to improve your skills and enjoy your hobby even more.
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