How to Embroider

Like any other form of art, learning how to embroidery should be clearly understood in order to receive full appreciation and enjoyment. Learning the principles is not only beneficial in developing the interest to paint with threads and needles but also to have a keen understanding of ancient and contemporary pieces. Here we will learn the basics of how to embroidery.

Step 1. Determining The Kind of Frame or Hoop

The first thing to do in learning how to embroidery is to prepare the tools. Having a simple ring hoop is common among embroidery enthusiasts. Ring hoops can provide you with flexibility in mobility and adjustment.

Using a screw adjustment gives the hoop the tight adjustment it needs to adjust to different weight fabrics. Frames or hoops can give consistency to your stitches and can lower your chances of puckering. If you prefer an inconsistent stitch and puckering, frames or hoops may not be necessary. However, learning embroidery without a frame or hoop may lead to bad habits that can be very hard to break in the future.

Step 2. Choosing The Needles.

When choosing the right needle, you need to bear in mind that not all needles are equal. Each size and length is designed for a different control factor and should be related to the kind of thread and technique you selected.

When trying out a new project, you should first use a Sampler. This gives you the chance to try out new ideas to the project you are going to undertake.

Step 3. Selecting The Color Schemes

When choosing a fabric, you should also consider the actual design and the color scheme. Choosing and eliminating the shade is the hardest thing especially with a wide array of colors to choose from. You can attain different color schemes by putting variety in your stitches. Choose a predominant or basic color and apply all variants of that color on your pattern.

Step 4. Apply Your Chosen Pattern

There are different patterns that can be applied to your project. The easiest method is free hand drawing. However, not everyone is gifted with the ability to draw so it is vital to learn about another method of transferring your pattern to a fabric.

One of the most accessible methods of transferring pattern is dressmaker’s transfer paper. There are several varieties that can be found in the market but choose one that has a wax base that can be easily removed by washing or dry cleaning.

Step 5. Polish Your Project

When you are completing your project, there might be a need to remove tracings or guide marks. Likewise, you might need to wash or dry clean your finished project. Use cold water or mild laundry soap in washing your project. Rinse thoroughly with cold water or white vinegar. The latter will help in color setting. To soak up excess water, squeeze tightly with a towel. Spread it out on a flat surface and allow it to dry.

By following these steps, you will be on your way to learning the basics of how to embroidery.

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