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« on: July 20, 2011 08:18:46 AM »

is Embroidery hard i really want to try it but im cheap so i havnt yet
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« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2011 08:52:13 AM »

Embroidery is not difficult at all.  And with a startup cost under $5 (a hoop is about $1.50, embroidery floss is $0.35 even for the high quality DMC flosses, then fabric scraps or old clothes to practice on) it's not a very big risk to try.
Until you are more comfortable with the craft and want to invest in transfer pens (about $5 each) for your own patterns, several craft stores sell iron-on transfers for about $1.50, or you can always tape a printed or drawn image to a window (during the day), tape your fabric over it, and trace the pattern in a washable Crayola marker or pencil (I prefer pencil).
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2011 04:44:10 PM »

Nope, not very hard at all.  You can find all sorts of stitch tutorials online.  If you want to learn cross stitch, I recommend buying one of those "I can learn..." kits at your local craft store.  That's how I taught myself to do cross stitch.

I recommend getting a blue water soluble pen in the notions section.  Probably the easiest way to teach yourself is to find a coloring book pattern or buy one of the (cheap) fun patterns on urban threads http://www.urbanthreads.com.  Then trace the design onto your fabric with your blue pen, stitch following the lines, and when you're done, just rinse the fabric and the blue will come out.  A good starter stitch is back stitch.

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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2011 07:00:01 PM »

There are a tons of threads and tutorials to help you out. It's probably the most inexpensive craft out there.

« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2011 02:45:31 PM »

Probably the biggest investment you have to make in embroidery is time & patience. There are tons of tutorials out there online though and I think it's a really fulfilling activity. It's so cool to see a finished piece and know "I made that!"
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