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Topic: Want to learn embroidery, but where to start?  (Read 1038 times)
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« on: May 06, 2012 04:00:13 PM »

I've just recently decided I want to learn embroidery. But I'm not sure where to start. I don't know anything expect that I need some thread, fabric, hoop and needle. Other than that, I'm completely in the dark. I've perused a few websites and books, but they don't explain how to get started. It's mostly tutorials on different stitches and/or then they jump right into patterns. It's like trying to read a book in a foreign language when you only know a few words.  Undecided I'm looking for something that explains everything. If anyone is familiar with the Stitch 'n Bitch books for knitting, something like that for embroidery would be really helpful. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2012 09:04:45 AM »

Sublime Stitching has great tutorials. I really think the best way to start is just jump in. I would suggest a cotton fabric or muslin to start with (like a tea towel or quilting fabric), a medium sized hoop, embroidery needles and DMC floss. I wouldn't start stitching on a stretchy fabric (like a knit)-it may be a bit frustrating. I would also start with a simple iron on pattern, again, check out Sublime Stitching.

« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012 01:10:15 PM »

I just completed my first embroidery ever. I already had floss because I usually cross stitch on aida fabric. I did find that Sublime Stitching had fantastic tutorials on a few basic stitches, especially the french knot (which I always found super intimidating!). What I needed to realize was that embroidery needed a tight weave fabric that didn't stretch (unless you have stitch stabilizer) and that you use more than one strand of floss. The only hoop I have is 6", and I think that's good. I free handed my first embroidery without a pattern which was interesting haha. Just go for it. I learned a lot by trying it.
Good luck!
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