If you've decided to embark on the fascinating hobby of embroidery, you're probably eager to get started. However, before you rush off to purchase your supplies, you should make a list of the necessary items you need to get started. Having the right items in place will help you get off to a great start.
A place to store your supplies
Do you travel frequently and plan to take your hobby with you? You should purchase a tote bag designed for crafters. Make sure to select one with lots of storage pockets. A crafter's tote with wheels and a handle is another good option for taking your hobby with you.
If you plan to stitch mainly at home, you may want to purchase a lovely sewing box. These beautiful fabric-lined boxes come in assorted designs to suit every taste and style. They also work well as a decorative item in the home. You can choose small to large styles depending on your storage needs.
A variety of thread
Do not settle for a poor quality thread. You will spend hours sewing your project, and the thread you stitch with can change the look of your finished piece. Poor quality thread can break and fade. Never compromise when it comes to thread. Buy the best you can afford.
You should select a variety of cotton, metallic, polyester, variegated, rayon, and wool thread in an assortment of colors. Wool threads are durable and add unique beauty to your designs. Used alone or in combination with other threads, they will make your design stand out. Their fuzzy appearance makes them a must for stitching animal fur and certain floral elements.
However, wool thread for sale requires special care. Sunlight, heat, and moisture are enemies of wool. You should store wool thread in ventilated containers where it can breathe to prevent damage to the fibers. Never store wool in sealed plastic bags.
You should have a few different types of fabric on hand to use in your projects. The type of project will determine your fabric choice. Avoid lightweight fabrics if you plan to use a lot of embellishments, such as buttons or ribbon, as they can weigh the fabric down and distort the finished design.
Fabric that is loosely woven is best to use with wool and other heavy threads, as it is more accommodating to a heavier thread and thicker needles. Cotton, wool, Aida, and linen are good fabrics to have in your toolkit. Look for lower thread counts for ease of stitching. Higher thread counts are typically more difficult for beginners.
Needles and scissors
Select a variety of needles in different sizes that are made specifically for crewel embroidery and needlework. You can purchase needles in combo packs. A magnetic needle case is a must to prevent needles from getting lost.
You only need one basic pair of embroidery scissors, however, quality matters. Purchase a good quality brand, and they will provide you with a lifetime of crafting happiness.
Embroidery is a fun hobby to learn. It's relaxing and there's no limit to the number of beautiful projects you can complete to use in your home or to give as gifts. Having the right tools on hand before you begin will free up more time for stitching and help you get off to a great start.