Updated: Feb 2
Embroidery is a great way to make anything more interesting as well as being a great relaxing hobby to take up.
Whether changing something so it matches the latest fashion trend or turning something from plain and boring to something incredible, embroidery is an easy and versatile skill that every sewer should know.
An embroidery needle
Our top tips:
Be gentle when pulling the needle through. This will prevent the thread from knotting and the fabric won’t bunch up.
Separate the embroidery thread into strands. We recommend using two threads at a time. Again be gentle so it doesn’t knot.
Draw your design out in pencil first. Having a plan will help and prevent stitches from going in the wrong place.
Be patient. Embroidery can sometimes feel like it’s taking ages but when a design starts to come together it’s a brilliant feeling. Always remember that you can undo a stitch if you go wrong simply by doing it in reverse.
Try and keep the fabric tight. This can be made easier by using an embroidery hoop.
Use the internet to find inspiration for designs - some even come with patterns and tutorials from experienced embroiderers. Check out our pinterest board for some designs that we loved!
French knots are simple, small stitches that work well as a small embellishment.
Pull the needle and thread up through the fabric.
Wrap the thread around the needle at least 3 times.
Push the needle back down through the fabric in the same hole.
Continue to make french knots until the design is complete and tie off.
Chain stitch is an easy versatile stitch that can be used in all designs. They can be used for straight or curved lines and even create flowers if stitched in a circle.
Pull the thread up through the fabric, until you feel resistance from the knot.
Push the needle back down through the fabric in the same hole and pull a little but not all the way, creating a loop of thread.
Pull the needle up through the fabric between 0.5 and 1 cm directly in front of the first hole.
Ensuring the needle comes up through the loop of thread created earlier, pull the loop tight to create the first stitch.
Continue to create stitches by repeating these steps.
To finish the last stitch, simply push the needle through the other side of the stitch to prevent it from unravelling and tie off the thread.
If you want to create a daisy using chain stitch, have the bases of the stitches in the middle of a circle. Make the stitches go round in a circle by adjusting the base position and pulling the needle up through the loops around the edge. To ensure the stitches don’t unravel, push the needle and thread down through the fabric at the end of each loop, as if you were finishing a whole chain. You can then return to the centre to start the next stitch.
Satin stitch is a great simple way to fill in any design.
Starting in one corner of the design, pull the needle and thread through the fabric
Push the needle back down through the fabric, at the opposite edge of the design.
Pull the needle back up through the fabric, next to the first stitch and continue to stitch until the design is complete
You could add in smaller stitches of a different colour to add some texture and variation to the design.
You can combine all of these stitches together to create brilliant designs!
We look forward to seeing what you create!