6 Useful Embroidery Tips for Beginners
Embroidery is a relaxing way for you to connect with your inner creative and enjoy the process of making something beautiful. Here’s our top tips which will help prevent you from getting in a tangle and boost your stitching confidence!
1. Use a stand to free up your hands
Using an Embroidery Hoop Stand will free up your hands and allow you to work on trickier stitches such as French knots with ease. This ‘third arm’ also helps to relieve cramped or tired hands and allows you to stitch for longer in comfort.
Our Embroidery Hoop Stand is very flexible and comfortably holds any embroidery hoop and tapestry frame up to 12”. Simply clamp your own hoop into the stand, slip the base under your leg to hold it steady and start stitching.
2. Use thread gloss to help stop knots and protect your thread
If you suffer from tangled, knotted or static-y threads while you're hand-sewing then you’re not alone! The solution is to use thread gloss. Simply thread your needle and lay the threads nearest the needle onto the thread gloss. Using your thumb, put light pressure onto the thread whilst you pull them along the top of the thread gloss to give them an even coating. One or two light pulls should be plenty. Knot your threads and start stitching!
3. Don’t use long working lengths of thread
It’s an easy trap to fall into; you think that threading your needle with long lengths of thread will save you time, but you’ll run the risk of getting in a tangle. Keep your thread lengths 30cm-50cm long at the most and you’ll find it much easier and quicker to do your stitching.
4. Keep your fabric taught in the hoop
Your fabric should be drum tight. If it’s not, your stitches may become distorted and uneven. Keep checking it’s taught whilst working to keep your stitches nice and neat. Avoid pulling the edges of the fabric to make the centre taught as this will most likely result in distorted fabric grain. Loosen the screw, re-adjust the tension of the fabric and tighten the screw to set the desired fabric tension.
5. Make sure you have good light
Good lighting is essential, especially in the winter or evenings. Use a daylight lamp so you’re not straining your eyes and can keep on stitching to your heart delight!
6. Get comfy
This is your time so make sure you settle in on a comfy seat and have plenty of water and snacks on hand to keep you going; it’s easy to lose track of time once you get involved with embroidery! It’s also a good idea to turn off your phone so you don’t get distracted and give yourself a break from the never-ending notifications.
And finally, start with a kit
If you’re a complete beginner or have stitched before and want to stitch a new design, then try one of our Embroidery kits! They will supply you with all the tools, materials and skills you need to learn the wonderful craft of embroidery, including our ‘Guide to Embroidery’ booklet with step-by-step instructions for 15 stitches which will set you on your embroidery journey and inspire you to keep learning. (You’ll just need sharp scissors and some refreshments!).
We always love to see what people make with our crafty kits, so if you want to show the world how awesome your stitching is, share it on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #hawthornhandmade
Founder & Creative Director, Hawthorn Handmade