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A Beginners Guide to Embroidery


I have a new hobby and I thought I'd share my beginner knowledge, in case there are others out there wondering how to start....

One of the fun parts about this little craft, is that it isn't too expensive. After a quick trip to your local craft store (or even Wal-mart), you will be ready to start!

First, you'll probably want to decide what you want to embroider, and what color embroidery floss you want to buy. I learned that it's good to use the brand DMC, because the colors wont bleed if you ever need to wash it.

Next, you'll want to buy a FriXion pen. Sometimes with crafts, I'm not one to follow instructions. I just want to make something, and I don't want to buy a pattern or follow a kit. I just want to freehand it, or make it up myself. If you're like me at all, this pen allows you to do that. With it you can draw your pattern on your fabric, and then after you're totally finished, iron off the pen marks. This ink comes off with heat. I learned that it's way cheaper to buy these pens at an office supply store (or Target, that's where I got mine), than at a quilting or fabric store.

You can find a picture of pretty much anything online, print it off, and trace it on your fabric. (For example, recently I wanted to make a bike, so I found this, and traced away!)

I've heard that Susan Bates Hoops are way easier to work with than the wooden hoops. The lady who taught me, even said, "Don't use the wooden hoops, those are horrible and are for the pioneers!" She said that size 6 or 7 is a good hoop for beginners because they're not too big or too small to work with.

I like having a pair of mini scissors to keep with my embroidery stuff. They're very convenient.

And then you'll need some fabric. Muslin is cheap and a great fabric for beginners.

And of course, you'll also need needles.

Once you have your design drawn on your fabric, put it in your hoop, and tighten. It should be tight like a drum.

Next, choose your color of thread/ floss. Cut to desired length. Embroidery floss is actually 6 strings all strung together. I was taught to separate that in half, so you just have 3 strings, and then thread those 3 all together in your needle and tie a knot on one side.

Now you're ready to start! This is called a back stitch.

After you're totally finished, take it off the hoop, and iron out your creases and the pen marks. I like to staple mine to a canvas (bike example below). It's much cheaper than getting it custom framed!

And there you have it! Now you're basically a pro.


  1. Okay, no lie. I was just last night lamenting the fact that I hadn't completed my "learn to embroider" goal for the year.

    You've not only inspired me, but this tut is perfect! Thank you! :)

  2. If you go to a craft store you can actually buy the stretcher bars (oil painters use them for their canvases) and just stretch you embroidery on to the bars. They are less expensive than buying canvas:) love your tutorial! I can't wait to try it myself!!

  3. I love this! Your bike turned out so cute!! :] I think I need to learn some more fun embroidery stitches!

  4. LOVE the bike. My goodness I haven't done this since YW days, I totally want to try again. It would make really cute Christmas presents! Great job :) and such a great tutorial

  5. I'm so glad you posted this! I just saw an advent calendar on Pinterest that I wanted to try to embroider, even though I've never done embroidery before, ha! I love how your bike turned out! So cute.


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