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Topic: HELP! Best book to help me learn embroidery?  (Read 4072 times)
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« on: April 25, 2007 11:34:24 AM »


I'm a 16 year old teenager that has recently taken interest in embroidery. I've seen some amazing stuff craftsters have done - and I'm green with envy!

However, none of my family or friends like it, so I'll have to learn it myself. So I'm planning to pick a book or two up, but which books are the best? I went to Amazon, and it's even confused me more!

oh, and I feel stupid to ask this, but what sort of stuff do I need to pick up?


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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2007 11:41:19 AM »

I think this is a fabulous way to start:




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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2007 11:50:54 AM »

I taught myself from cross-stitch and needlepoint kits.  Just about every kit I've ever bought includes instructions for all the stitches you need for the kit.

You may want to buy a "learn a craft" kit.  Many of them are designed for small children, but it will be quick and easy because it's designed for little kids with short attention spans.

Or check the library.  There might be craft books you can check out, and if there's a book you particularly like, you can go buy it.

If you're going to do cross-stitch, IMO it's best to start with aida cloth, some embroidery floss (DMC makes good floss, and you can get it pretty inexpensively at Michael's), and embroidery needles... a kit will include all these items as well as the pattern.

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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2007 02:05:47 PM »

With cross stitch and needlepoint, you work on evenweave.  Cross stitch is typically worked on aida cloth or linen, and the stitch looks like an X.  Needlepoint is typically worked on canvas, and the stitch looks like / or \ (depending on your preference, but you should be consistent throughout the work).  Embroidery can be worked on any type of material.

« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2007 04:29:53 PM »

You'll be happy to know that the Stitch-It Kit comes with everything you need, including the right kind of needle, embroidery floss -- floss here means "thread" -- plus material to stitch on and a hoop. There are diagrams for the stitches in the Kit, but also on the sublimestitching.com website that katielee posted.

You can check the Stitch-It Kit out on Amazon, if not on Amazon site then for sure on the U.S. one.

you might want to do a search on this board for the other questions--there are some posts with great info on the differences between embroidery, needlepoint, and cross-stitch.

i love to embroider -- easy to learn and satisfying, plus you can apply it to so many things.  hope you like it too!
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amazing tutorials.  i felt instantly enlightened!  Good luck~
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2007 08:13:02 AM »

Is it hard to learn? I hope it's not.  Roll Eyes What's an IMO? I currently live in the Netherlands, so everything is pretty expensive, but I've been lucky enough to get a gift certificate of 100 euros from an american book store, so I'll be picking up the sublime stitching kit after exams!

And, this is really stupid.. but what are the different type of needles and how does it make it different to the embroidery? And another question... are there differences between embroidery, cross-stitch and needlepoint?



DMC kits are available everywhere, and if you want to learn to cross stitch I'd recommend those. You have them from 2 E to .. as expensive as you want. I'd start with a very small pattern. These kits contain everything you need.

Cross stitch is the most known stitch, it looks like this: X.
Needle point is a half cross stitch: /
Embroidery is everything else.

Cross stitch is very easy, I'm sure you'll learn it within an hour or something. The most difficult part is the counting. Some types of embroidery are difficult, others are easy. I learnt myself from books that I bought at second hand shops, usually for less than an euro. Also, tell everybody that you like stitching: a lot of people have things from their deceased mums and grandma's and aunts that they want to give away.

In the Netherlands, there's also several courses to learn things like this. I'm studying for needlework designer at ENSAID myself.
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2007 08:00:12 PM »

What's an IMO?

In my opinion.

I'm trying to learn embroidery too, so thanks for starting this thread. Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2007 04:05:39 PM »

Yesterday I came across this site http://inaminuteago.com/stitchindex.html. It is a dictionary of tons and tons of stitches with easy to follow instructions and pictures (and it is free). I'd recommend starting with the split stitch (http://inaminuteago.com/stitchdict/stitch/split.html). It is is pretty easy to learn, and it is useful for filling in large areas relatively quickly. The running stitch (http://inaminuteago.com/stitchdict/stitch/running.html) is also simple.

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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2007 05:23:23 AM »

I definitely recommend just going to the library.  There's always tons of books that explain the basic stitches.  Readers Digest do one that has hundreds of different stitches with step by step photos. 

But there are seriously heaps of resources on the net.  Google is your friend.

You might find my site useful for pattern inspiration http://bloggreen.wordpress.com/xstitch/

Good luck!

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