Embroidery is an amazing hobby that can take a lifetime to master. Many people love it for its creativity, endless possibilities, applications, and as a means to keep your hands busy. It’s also a very meditative art as the slow repetitiveness of stitching can calm the mind.
If you’re just getting into embroidery or if you’re a seasoned veteran, here are some of the best tips and tricks that you can apply to your craft! If you have any other tips or tricks, please leave a comment below and we will try to add them to the list!
1.) Use the right needle! Just picking any old needle is sometimes a default for a lot of people, however using the right needle for whatever you are working on can really go a long way towards making your finished product better or cleaner.
2.) Expand to new stitches. Just knowing a couple of basic stitches is a great start, but committing to learning more stitches can really open up a lot of possibilities for your next project or even your current one. Don’t let yourself be confined to only beginner projects!
3.) Thread Conditioner Can Make Your Stitches Last. Using a thread conditioner such as Thread Heaven will help your thread stitch more cleanly and smoothly. It will also protect the thread from unraveling or weathering/fading. Take a look if you’ve never used this before!
4.) Try out negative space embroidery! This is where you embroider in the “white space” and leave the traditionally embroidered area blank. This can be a great way to think outside the box or do something new.
5.) Wear it on your sleeve! Once you get past the basics of embroidery and can do some basic stitches and patterns, try embroidering a collar or shirt that you wear! It could be a great conversation starter!
6.) Don’t take it too seriously. It can be a great time to grab some friends and a glass (or bottle) of wine and embroider some NSFW phrases or images for gag gifts or just to fool around. Extra points for embroidering something silly or slightly offensive then donating it to a thrift store.
7.) Take orders! It can be really fun to open yourself up to requests from friends. Whether they want a memento for a special event or need a customized gift, it can be a great way to try new things and make other people happy with your special talents!
8.) Get good at “watching ya back”. If you’re embroidering something that might have two sides, the back needs to look just as nice as the front! So practice being mindful of how your embroidery looks from both sides.
9.) Freestyle! Don’t be afraid to just freestyle a new pattern of your own – whether you do it freehand on the cloth or you create your own patterns, don’t only stick to pre-made patterns made by other people! This is a great way to learn some new styles and techniques.
10.) Shorter floss = cleaner floss. If you find that your floss is getting ratty or knotty as you pull it through the fabric you are likely using a too long of a piece! Keep it shorter to keep it cleaner.