Embroidery Art: My 5 Best Tips for Beginners

Embroidery is the best way to personalize something. You can make something one of a kind for your home or something thoughtful for a friend.

And you don’t have to ever have picked up a needle and thread before to do it.

Today I am going to give you my 5 best tips for making your own embroidery art.

My 5 Best Tips for Beginners at Embroidery Art (even if you have never picked up a needle and thread)

My 5 Best Tips for Beginners at Embroidery Art (even if you have never picked up a needle and thread)

Watch the entire tutorial (with much more detail) and see my favorite products on my youtube channel!

Tip #1 - The Basics

There are a few basic tools you need to start embroidering.

  • Fabric (more on that later)

  • Embroidery Hoop

  • Sharp Needle

  • Embroidery Thread (I prefer the brand DMC)

TIP #2 - Finding a Design

There are a millions ways to find a design to embroider. My favorite things to embroider are things that are unique and personal. I am currently working on a project where I have taken a drawing of my husband’s from architecture school when he was living in Rome and transferred it to a piece of canvas. I am embroidering the design (and adding my own flair with some color!) and then I am going to turn it into a throw pillow for our living room couch. (Check back for my finished project and a complete tutorial soon!)

Other great sources for embroidery designs are books, adult coloring books, or even printing words out from your computer!

Tip #3 - Getting your Design on Fabric

Often times, like for example if you are embroidering on a white tea towel, you will be able to see through your fabric well enough to simply trace your design onto your fabric. However when you are using a darker colored or thicker fabric you need another method for transferring your design.

This is where my favorite embroidery hack comes in play.

Self Adhesive Water Dissolvable Stabilizer

This stuff is like magic to me. You can trace or print any design onto the paper, peel the backing off, adhere it to your fabric and then embroider right over it. Once you are done, you simply run it under water and the stabilizer dissolves leaving you with only your embroidered design on your fabric. Like magic.

Tip #4 - Know your Fabric

This one is super easy. The most important thing is knowing if your fabric has any stretch or not. If your fabric has any stretch to it - DO NOT USE A HOOP! If you stretch the fabric over a hoop, once you take it off the hoop and it shrinks back down - your embroidery will be left with puckering and a lot of loose threads. You can embroider on stretchy fabric, but I would stick to a fabric without any stretch like linen or canvas if you are a beginner.

And finally….

Tip #5 - Don’t Expect Perfection

As you embroider, and you are staring at the tiny little details as your needle goes in and out of your fabric, pulling it into intricate designs - you will see every little flaw. But remember, at the end of the day you will not be able to see each and every stitch. Have faith and just keep on stitching. It will turn out great!

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Don’t forget to check out the entire tutorial on my Youtube channel!

xoxo

Ash