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How-Tuesday: Back-to-School Embroidery

Aug 28, 2012

by dropcloth

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Rebecca Ringquist lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, creating embroidered artworks and drawings. She also teaches workshops across the country, including at Squam Art Workshops, where I met her earlier this summer. Find her do-it-yourself embroidery samplers and more in her Etsy shop, dropcloth, and follow her latest news on the dropcloth blog. For this week’s How-Tuesday, Rebecca has prepared a mini embroidery 101 course that will lead you through the ABC’s of embroidered lines and stitches.

When I first learned how to embroider, I immediately went home and added my name to everything. My bathrobe, my pillow case, my jean jacket, my blankets — nothing escaped a slowly stitched signature. Starting with a small sampler to learn six basic stitches, you can go on to embroider everything. Soon nothing will escape your able needle!

You Will Need:

  • Embroidery hoop (4-6” is best, but use what you have)
  • Embroidery needle (any needle with an eye big enough for your thread will do)
  • Dull tapestry needle
  • Thread (embroidery floss works well, but try other threads for different textures)
  • Sharp scissors (you don’t need anything fancy, just sharp)
  • Erasable marker (Mar-B-Gone pens work really well for this, but an everyday pencil will do the trick)
  • Fabric — either the Penmanship Paper Sampler from my shop, or your own piece of cotton or linen
  • Optional: An additional piece of cloth for a backing fabric. This makes your fabric lie in the hoop a little better and makes for a nicer looking finished product. Linen or cotton works the best here. 

Let’s get started!

1. Hooping your fabric. The first thing you’ll need to do is to position your fabric in the hoop. Lay down the part of your hoop without the hardware on it, and drape your fabric over the top. Make sure that the area of the fabric that you want to begin stitching is showing within the circle. Lay the second piece of the hoop (the one with the hardware) over the top, and tighten the bolt until your fabric is nice and tight like a drum-head.

2. Threading your needle. Thread a few needles so that you won’t have to stop and start what you’re doing to reload. If you’re using embroidery floss, I recommend separating it into sections of two or three before threading it for ease of use. Make sure your knot is big enough (you might need to double-knot) so that it won’t come poking through where it’s not wanted.

3. Practicing your letters. Old dictionaries and newspapers can be great places to find cool fonts, and nowadays you can also find interesting designs online at sites like dafont. On the other hand, if you’re adding your name to something, your own handwriting or signature might be best. Kids often have amazing handwriting that you can trace to get a cool effect. Once you have a design you like, practice drawing it a few times on paper before drawing the letters directly onto your fabric using a washable blue pen. If you don’t like the way it looks, wash it out and start over. Just be sure not to iron the wash-away pen, or it will become permanent.

4. Getting started with stitches. Embroidery is a pretty simple art form to pick up, but it really is worth the time to create a small sample to start with so you can make mistakes without losing your mind over “ruining” your favorite piece of fabric. The Penmanship Paper Sampler is a great thing to practice on. When you’re finished, you’ll have a visual record of six different stitches, and you can pick the perfect stitch for each project.

The Running Stitch: The running stitch is nothing more than a dashed line going through a piece of fabric.  If you have more than one piece of fabric, it’s called the quilting stitch. Your needle starts on the backside to hide the knot, and jumps up to the top, going up and down while crossing from one edge of your fabric to another. You can draw on a line to follow, or make freeform lines.

The Filled Running Stitch: Once you’ve stitched a few lines of Running Stitch, you can go back in with a second color and fill in the stitches for a fancy effect. Using a dull tapestry needle full of thread, start on the back side again. Come up next to the first stitch in the row of running stitches, and then weave in and out of the stitches, staying on top of the fabric. When you get to the end (or when you want to change colors), simply dip back down underneath with your needle and tie off. Experiment with different shapes and combinations of weaving to get rope and chain effects.



The Back Stitch: To replicate the look of a line drawing, or to add text to your fabric, choose the back-stitch. To get started, make one stitch going forward. Then skip forward that same amount from the backside, and go back down where your first stitch left off. Get it? You’re going back. Then start fresh and make another stitch that bumps ahead one, skip ahead, fill in, repeat. If you’re going around curves, stay small to get a nice smooth edge. I like to keep all the stitches under ¼” as a general rule, but of course, rules are meant to be broken. This is hands-down my favorite stitch because it’s so versatile.

The Couching Stitch: This stitch is worked with two needles, using two threads simultaneously, with one attaching the other to the fabric. It creates a raised effect, and since one of your stitches is basically being tacked down, it’s a great opportunity to use a thick thread or even yarn or wire. Bring both needles full of thread up at the beginning, and make tiny tacks up and over the bigger thread as you follow the design, attaching one thread with the other.

The Chain Stitch: For this stitch, take a second to adjust your hoop. If you’re right handed, the chain stitch is easiest if your left thumb has easy access to the stitch, so move your hoop around until the area you want to work with is over in the left hand region. Then bring your needle up from underneath, and ease your needle through the fabric, leaving only the eye of the needle exposed. Before you push it all the way through, bring the thread from left to right around the point of the needle. This will give you a little preview of what your first “chain” or “link” will look like. Continue along like that until you’ve got a good amount of chains or until your line is finished, going back down just inside the first link as shown.



The Split Stitch: This little stitch looks like a petite cousin of the chain stitch, but is worked differently. For best results, I recommend using six-strand embroidery floss. Make one stitch forward as for the back-stitch, and then bring your needle up from underneath in the middle of that first stitch, thereby “splitting” the first stitch. Continue along like that to create a chain like effect.

Now that you’ve tried six ways of making stitched lines on fabric with basic embroidery floss, I recommend trying out different threads. Perle cotton, sewing thread, silk floss, and wool crewel thread are all great ways to add different qualities to your work. Experiment, and discover a new way of drawing!

If you stitch your own back-to-school embroidery, share a photo in the Etsy Labs Flickr group!

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3 Featured Comments

  • NotTheKitchenSink

    Sara Carter from TheCostumeCafe said 3 years ago Featured

    I never thought I would like embroidery, but a friend turned me onto it a couple of years ago and I have been hooked ever since. I get very busy in the fall making costumes for my shop. It starts to feel more factory and less creative at times. So, when I need to fire up my creativity, I spend a couple of hours working on a simple embroidery. It gives me that that creative boost that I need and I can complete a project in just a couple of hours!

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 3 years ago Featured

    I'm so glad that embroidery is enjoying a revival. I still remember stitching a fawn and flowers on a pillowcase as a girl. It's great to be able to apply all those knot-tying, needle-threading and stitching skills to all kinds of projects today, from sewing a button back on to creating a little felt animal.

  • SweetchildJewelry

    Virginia Soskin from SweetchildJewelry said 3 years ago Featured

    Hallelujah! I am so GLAD you are doing this. My seamstress and quiltmaker mother taught me to embroider in the late '50s, and she is now 92 and just in despair that youngsters are not learning the needle arts. I learned to embroider by working on stamped nursery picture quilt patches which don't seem to be sold anymore. (she recently wondered if I could find any to send to a mission school in Appalachia so kids could learn to embroider.) I have spent many happy hours embroidering, quiltmaking, and designing and making cross stitch designs for Better Homes and Gardens special interest publications and the like. I cannot imagine a world without the needlearts. I wish you great success in training a whole new generation of ladies AND MEN to stitch, stitch, stitch. It is relaxing, lowers stress, and it is highly satisfying to see designs progress as one stitches. AND you end up with a lovely item to use, wear or display.

129 comments

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 3 years ago

    Great primer! I've beeing wanting to embroidery for eons.

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits said 3 years ago

    Cool!

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 3 years ago

    Love this! Embroidery is so much fun :) What a cute idea!

  • jgaido

    Josie from JosiesBoutique said 3 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • ThimbleThief

    Gracie from ThimbleThief said 3 years ago

    Neato! I think I will embroider my shoes.

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 3 years ago

    So lovely and beautiful!!

  • yourauntiespanties

    Genevieve F from YourAuntiesPanties said 3 years ago

    love this! embroidery has long been a favorite hobby of mine! :)

  • JulieMeyer

    Julie Meyer from JulieMeyer said 3 years ago

    Fun article! I love to doodle embroider especially at shows for something to do when it might be a little slow.

  • NotTheKitchenSink

    Sara Carter from TheCostumeCafe said 3 years ago Featured

    I never thought I would like embroidery, but a friend turned me onto it a couple of years ago and I have been hooked ever since. I get very busy in the fall making costumes for my shop. It starts to feel more factory and less creative at times. So, when I need to fire up my creativity, I spend a couple of hours working on a simple embroidery. It gives me that that creative boost that I need and I can complete a project in just a couple of hours!

  • SeptemberHouse

    Corinne from SeptemberHouse said 3 years ago

    I may be biased but I sure do like this feature ;)

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 3 years ago

    Embroidering is one of my pasttimes. An embroidery piece is always so delicate, beautiful and personal. Great tutorial.

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 3 years ago

    I haven't done embroidery for a long time. Loved it when I was growing up. Didn't know all these stitches; they make great effects on the fabric for the designs. Makes me remember how fun it is to do. Thanks for the post!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 3 years ago

    seriously, how cute is this? ♥

  • northbirdsong

    Jeanne B from NorthBirdsong said 3 years ago

    Fantabulous article! Embroidery is such a versatile and great artisan medium.....and I LOVE your teaching aids! Most everything textile-related that I covet has something to do with vintage embroidery having a few really beautiful pieces in my collections! I am also teaching a 12 year old girl a couple of very basic stitches and she was enthralled with it! Now, if only the darn hoops would only stay tight! LOL

  • leilalou

    Lesley from leilalou said 3 years ago

    Fabulous article from a fellow embroiderer.....

  • Retrospectshop

    Retrospect from Retrospectshop said 3 years ago

    Great article! I've never tried embroidery before (as it seemed to hard) but this article makes me want to try it so bad!

  • Ridgevales

    Lindsay from SweetThreesBoutique said 3 years ago

    Great tutorial! I may have to try this!

  • thelittlemarket

    Debbie from thelittlemarket said 3 years ago

    great information and it looks easy to follow!! thank you!!!

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 3 years ago

    I love all of the helpful pictures, so creative!

  • sakurakoalexis

    Alexis Young from ThankfulHeartArt said 3 years ago

    Very cool! My home ec teacher taught me the back stitch and I've been using it ever since for simple sewing. Now I want to try some of the other stitches here. Thanks!

  • karicreates

    Kari McNew from KariCreates said 3 years ago

    Wonderful topic! Embroidery is awesome and a great way to make a beautiful item personal and unique!

  • EuniceNeedlecraft

    Eunice from EuniceNeedlecraft said 3 years ago

    Thanks!

  • NAKPUNAR

    Nilufer Akpunar from NAKPUNAR said 3 years ago

    Beautiful handwork and very easy steps to start to embroidering!

  • LeasaMarie

    Leasa from LeasaDesigns said 3 years ago

    my mom used to embroider our pillowcases when we were little - also have some treasured table cloths and napkins that my grandmother did - the backs of her embroidery was as neat as the front!

  • floriknoture

    Nicoleta Rusu from FLORIKNOTURE said 3 years ago

    This made me so excited. I somehow think I'm never going to have plain pillow cases ever again!

  • RetroStock

    Marley from vetabartholomew said 3 years ago

    Wow! This is a great tutorial! I wish I had the shoulder to do the embroidery!

  • kgpaintings

    Kirsten Gilmore from PaintingsByKEGilmore said 3 years ago

    I loved embroidery as a kid. I was six when my mom informed me my brother would be born soon. My first reaction was to get out the fabric and scissors and stitch him an small, embroidered hat--one far too small for any real baby's head, but perfect for the doll size I though he would be. :)

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 3 years ago Featured

    I'm so glad that embroidery is enjoying a revival. I still remember stitching a fawn and flowers on a pillowcase as a girl. It's great to be able to apply all those knot-tying, needle-threading and stitching skills to all kinds of projects today, from sewing a button back on to creating a little felt animal.

  • JolieMarin

    Jolie Marin from crojoandco said 3 years ago

    This is great! Thank you very much for this. I've been entertaining the idea of adding some embroidery to my items. :)

  • vintagelinens

    vintagelinens from VintageLinens said 3 years ago

    I love to find old linens already stamped to embroider.

  • darioushka

    Ayelet Cohen-guzik from darioushka said 3 years ago

    Beautiful!!! i love it!!

  • tigercatjewelry

    Laura Palka from CrystalTheCatJewelry said 3 years ago

    This is about the best embroidery primer I have ever come across! I want to learn embroidery but the books I have purchased are very dry and the illustrations are lacking. I love this since it has actual examples of each stick. Thanks soooo much!

  • tigercatjewelry

    Laura Palka from CrystalTheCatJewelry said 3 years ago

    Oops, I meant "stitch" in my previous post, not "stick!" Ha!

  • ezliving

    ezliving from ezliving said 3 years ago

    Very nice!!!

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags said 3 years ago

    Me too I loved embroidery as a kid. :)) Beautiful !

  • klb00e

    Mother Lark from MotherLark said 3 years ago

    Just pinned! Thank you

  • andrewkonkle

    Andrew Konkle from Theteepeeguy said 3 years ago

    Awesome, Hand embroidery, Perhaps It is time to spend some time with a needle and thread.

  • AllyFashion

    Tina Giuntini from AllyFashion said 3 years ago

    Fabulous! Thank you, Rebecca. That brings back memories...

  • zenophobe

    Tina Giuntini from BeaEvie said 3 years ago

    I learned ages ago as a kid in Blue Birds! A great start for winter projects in front of the fire.

  • RuralRetreatVintage

    Dena from RuralRetreatVintage said 3 years ago

    Love this... Thanks for sharing..... Makes me want to get out my embroidery needles and thread and get creative!

  • Sudio143

    Susan Norwood from GreenleeAndVine said 3 years ago

    Embroidery is so relaxing! Thanks for this article!!

  • beadstylin

    beadstylin from beadstylin said 3 years ago

    I stand in awe of anyone who can master needle and thread. When I was eight, my grandmother gave me embroidery thread and a tea towel to sew on. 30 minutes later I stood up, only to discover that I had sewn the entire "masterpiece" to the front of my shorts! Again, I stand in awe of you folks!

  • Sydneyanne

    Sydneyanne from Sydneyjos said 3 years ago

    I love embroidery!!... interesting!

  • cberez

    CB DESIGN'S from CBDesignsPR said 3 years ago

    I love it!!!

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 3 years ago

    Great story! My mom taught me embroidery when I was very young! I still enjoy it!

  • camelotvintage

    Camelot Vintage from camelotvintage said 3 years ago

    What a wonderful story!. You have inspired me.

  • lboatmanwatson

    Lorraine Boatman-Watson from VintageLorr said 3 years ago

    I love embroidery, it is the beginning of all sewing for me. This is a great tutorial. I will recommend it to my nieces. Thanks so much.

  • theroyal

    The Royal from theroyal said 3 years ago

    this was my favorite thing as a kid. i love it. :)

  • mrichards7171

    Mary from folklove said 3 years ago

    Great story! What inspiration!

  • HoneysuckleLane

    Lana Manis from HoneysuckleLane said 3 years ago

    I find handwork so relaxing! Glad to see an article about embroidery here. :)

  • gabrielasdreams

    Maria Gabriela Moros Diaz from gabrielasdreams said 3 years ago

    Embroidery is one of the most amazing beautiful thing that ones can make! Rebecca you are just full of talent love and pasion!! :D Gabriela.

  • Aurelas

    Christie Bradley from Aurelas said 3 years ago

    What a cute way of teaching the basics!

  • elemegibere

    Nermin from earflaphats said 3 years ago

    Wonderful!

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 3 years ago

    Great tutorial!

  • scrappuccinostudio

    Elyse Bleaman from scrappuccinostudio said 3 years ago

    My father's family owned an embroidery business when I was little, big machines with thousands of spools. It must be in the blood because I love embroidery. Your primer is wonderful! Your artwork is beautiful! Thank you for this How-Tuesday.

  • iloveludwig

    Astrid R. from AnAstridEndeavor said 3 years ago

    This makes me just as happy as can be! Thanks for the great shout out for embroidery! Astrid

  • SusiesBoutiqueTLC

    SusiesBoutiqueTLC from SusiesBoutiqueTLC said 3 years ago

    Love embroidery! Thank you so much for the tutorial. :)

  • reflectionsjewelry

    Emily Delfin from reflectionsjewelry said 3 years ago

    Thank you for taking the time - beautiful!

  • gracengraphite

    gracengraphite said 3 years ago

    I have to say, my mother doesn't use any of those stitches in her embroidery, lol. She just...stitches. And it works out somehow. I guess she's one of those rule-breakers. :)

  • papernickle

    Brandy from BrandyCupcakesStudio said 3 years ago

    I do so love embroidery!

  • NannyMadeandfound

    Melinda from sixtybeansVntg said 3 years ago

    My Grandmother taught me to embroider when I was a girl.... and I loved doing it, but have not done it in years. This makes me want to get things together and give it a try. What a great relaxing craft to cozy up with on the coming fall evenings :-)

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 3 years ago

    Great blog! Love it!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 3 years ago

    Love this! I love embroidery. My Grandmother taught me to embroider. I have several things my Grandmother made and they mean the world to me!!

  • VintageVesta

    VintageVesta from VintageVesta said 3 years ago

    On my to do list, I haven't embroidered for a long time. I think I'm overdue to try some again. :-)

  • feltonthefly

    Janet from FeltOnTheFly said 3 years ago

    Great post. I love embroidery. Something about handwork just 'centers' me... : )

  • LeeArt

    Catherine Lee from LeeArt said 3 years ago

    Thanks, great lesson

  • blueroompottery

    Marietta from blueroompottery said 3 years ago

    Oh so cool! My mom taught me these and I made my first cross stitch embroidery of a little house, free hand, no pattern, at age 5. I have a huge collection of beautiful embroideries, but I haven't had the chance to make any lately. This article makes me want to pick up my needle again. Thanks, this is a very nice article! xo

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 3 years ago

    I remember when I first learned to embroider. It was fun, but way, way too time consuming for me. I rarely handstich anything, even if you are suppose to, I am thinking nice pants here. But man, when I get my sewing machine going.... If only my sewing machine could embroider.

  • locomotive

    Jay & Aaron from LocomotiveClothing said 3 years ago

    Great tutorial - it seems like such a fun project!

  • iammieCLAYshop

    iammieCLAYshop from iammieCLAYshop said 3 years ago

    Love this!

  • sewandpray

    Nadine from SewAndPray said 3 years ago

    Just what I needed to get going on embroidery again!

  • Tina7383

    Tina from Tina7383 said 3 years ago

    Wow this is awesome... I still have my very first sampler of my name that my grandmother saved for me. I love that you put SO MUCH time into your instructions. This is REALLY great for someone who did not learn this great craft. I also cherrish a sampler my that my mother made for my grandmother. It hung in my grandmothers kitchen for about 30 years before I inherrited it = ). Samplers are works of art with love in EVERY stitch.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 3 years ago

    Pretty!

  • kawa11style

    kawa11style said 3 years ago

    I love embroidery too! Thanks for sharing ;p

  • claudiadelrio

    Yaya from Liukenko said 3 years ago

    soooo cute!

  • wassupbrothers

    Olga Wassupbrothers from wassupbrothers said 3 years ago

    Very inspirative. Thank you for the great article, Rebecca!

  • luluhopping1983

    Lulu from luluhopping1983 said 3 years ago

    Embroidery always seems to get a bad reputation for being a bit twee and old fashioned but this article really shows how contemporary and fun it can be! I also find it relaxing to do something that is repetitive. Just what I need after a hard day at work and long London commute! Love your work!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 3 years ago

    Great tutorial I loved the example of all the different types of stitches very useful to see them all together!

  • lilysteven

    Lilys Steven said 3 years ago

    OMG!!! this is cool...thanks for sharing ^^

  • tammybetson

    Tammy Betson from TandMArtsandCrafts said 3 years ago

    Great article, I haven't done embroidery since school, but it is on the to do list, I shall keep this article to hand to get me started! Thanks.

  • ChristineShmistine

    Christine from FineArtWithaTwist said 3 years ago

    I love this... hand-stitching & hand-sewing are great skills to have.

  • DewyMorningVintage

    DewyMorningVintage from DewyMorningVintage said 3 years ago

    I love embroidered items! I love vintage so maybe that helps! Thank you for the wonderful 'how to' article!

  • Boogiecat

    Kannis from Boogiecat said 3 years ago

    lovely!

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery said 3 years ago

    Fun article!

  • antiquebeginnings

    Becky Van Loozen McCarty from Antiquebeginnings said 3 years ago

    Very creative! I love the possibilities that can happen with all those various stitiches and a little vintage as a pallet.

  • JewelleryByJora

    Jora from JewelleryByJora said 3 years ago

    I always mean to try embroidery - thanks for the reminder!

  • Alterity

    Lisa Sittniewski from AntiqueButtonJewelry said 3 years ago

    So much fun! Brings back fond memories of making and embroidering little pillows for my brothers and parents for Christmas when I was little cuz I didn't have money for presents! I was so lucky for my mother to teach me so many craftsy things, embroidery being on of them. You make me want to start an embroidery project over the weekend!!!

  • busterandboo

    Buster and boo from busterandboo said 3 years ago

    I love to embroider! What fun! Beautiful work!!

  • charlynw

    Charlyn from charlynw said 3 years ago

    Tooo amazing for words!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • AlexandraMontclair

    Alexandra Montclair from AlexandraMontclair said 3 years ago

    Nice post. I've found that Q-Snap frames are a lot easier to work with than embroidery hoops (particularly the plastic round ones that don't keep the fabric taut). Q-snaps don't leave hoop burn.

  • perebags

    Sarah from perebags said 3 years ago

    I Love this!!

  • chicnuniquegifts

    Elisabeth Schmidt from TheSchmidtStudio said 3 years ago

    This makes me so jealous! i am just awful at embroidery! I will have to try one of your samplers to practice.

  • blufaerie

    Tishana Trainor from bluknotsoriginals said 3 years ago

    This is the sweetest thing! *read laters page*

  • mudintheUSA

    mudintheUSA from mudintheUSA said 3 years ago

    Thanks for a wonderful tutorial! I was taught not to knot.... thanks for giving us permission! ( I always do anyway, but it's good to know I'm not the only one!) Your pictures are great -- very helpful!

  • MLstudio

    MLstudio from MLstudio said 3 years ago

    Can't wait to try it!! Very awesome! Thank you so much :))

  • ziemart

    Vilija from ziemart said 3 years ago

    Really nice and inspiring article. Thank you. :)

  • ArigigiArt

    Gina from ArigigiArt said 3 years ago

    thanks for sharing!

  • RossLab

    Rossella from RossLab said 3 years ago

    I haven't embroidered in a long long time, but this post brought back childhood memories and my love for this beautiful craft. Thanks for such an inspiring post.

  • EmiliaFaith

    Edie Ann from OhHoneyHush said 3 years ago

    Love it!! Wish I had time to embroider. Maybe I should make some time! :)

  • jacklom3

    Sara from jacklom3 said 3 years ago

    you have inspired me! thank you for this post!! :)

  • euquefiz

    Ana Paula Waaijenberg from euquefiz said 3 years ago

    My own logo is an embroidery: I am also adding it at the back of the felt items. It is a bit of extra work, but it is prettier than any label tag!

  • thenakedbird

    Brooke Griffin from GideonAndBrisby said 3 years ago

    i had no idea there was such a science to embroidering!

  • chelseabutler965

    Chelsea Butler said 3 years ago

    This is very beautiful. I need to learn how to do this.

  • NoraQuinonez

    Nora Quinonez from NoraQuinonez said 3 years ago

    Thank you for this article, it just brought me back to my school days in Honduras, when things were just simple and afternoon full of embroidering time under the mango three...really gracias xx

  • MuddyHeartPottery

    Meli-- Muddy Heart from MuddyHeart said 3 years ago

    >>>--------------LOVE------------> The tips, the tricks and the photos! sublime ^_^ Thanks for sharing! XoX, Meli Muddy Heart Pottery

  • daredreamdo

    Susan Johnson from SpunkySunBoutique said 3 years ago

    I love embroidery. My grandmother taught me all I know when I used to stay with her after school. I wish I had time for "thread arts." I do a little alterations to my clothes from time to time when needed. Have you ever made up your own signature stitch?...Sunny side up, Susan

  • myneedlehabit

    Carla Hansen from myneedlehabit said 3 years ago

    A+. Even though I use the chain stitch 99% of the time, I still love seeing how others employ an array of stitches. Keep on threading!

  • SweetchildJewelry

    Virginia Soskin from SweetchildJewelry said 3 years ago Featured

    Hallelujah! I am so GLAD you are doing this. My seamstress and quiltmaker mother taught me to embroider in the late '50s, and she is now 92 and just in despair that youngsters are not learning the needle arts. I learned to embroider by working on stamped nursery picture quilt patches which don't seem to be sold anymore. (she recently wondered if I could find any to send to a mission school in Appalachia so kids could learn to embroider.) I have spent many happy hours embroidering, quiltmaking, and designing and making cross stitch designs for Better Homes and Gardens special interest publications and the like. I cannot imagine a world without the needlearts. I wish you great success in training a whole new generation of ladies AND MEN to stitch, stitch, stitch. It is relaxing, lowers stress, and it is highly satisfying to see designs progress as one stitches. AND you end up with a lovely item to use, wear or display.

  • ButterflyZebra

    Tups Ward from GingerbreadCircus said 3 years ago

    Really great tutorial and the Penmanship Paper Sampler is such a cute idea... fab retro vibe! Reminds me of my first gym bag that my mom embroidered for me in chain stictch. I find that tightly binding the inner ring of a wooden hoop with cotton twill tape helps it grip the fabric a lot better :) Woohoo glad its the weekend as I'm now itching to get sewing....

  • kmaskreations

    kmaskreations from kmaskreations said 3 years ago

    Wow! Embroidery makes me happy :) Thanks for sharing something that's been a pleasant part of my life for as long as I can remember.

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 3 years ago

    I have always wanted to learn more hand stitches! THANK YOU!!!

  • morgannekidd

    morgannekidd said 3 years ago

    just got back into embroidering, so i very much appreciate this article!

  • ADoseOfAlchemy

    ADoseOfAlchemy from ADoseOfAlchemy said 3 years ago

    There's something so nurturing about handwork. The BONUS is you spend hours lost in what feels like a big bowl of mac 'n' cheese for the soul, and end up with something beautiful! Isn't Art from the Heart a lovely thing?

  • FoxyGloves23

    Marie Cashin from MEmbroideries said 3 years ago

    Nice reminder to use more than one or two kinds of stitches, and different threads. Thanks!

  • Fashionitsa

    Maria from Fashionitsa said 3 years ago

    Lovely ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  • Plushka

    Katia from Plushka said 3 years ago

    What a lovely project! Must try to make it and learn all those stitches! Thank you for sharing!

  • LivingHelensDream

    Cindy from LivingHelensDream said 3 years ago

    I am so glad to see this! My Mom and I embroidered when I was young. This brought back wonderful memories

  • riajewelry

    riajewelry said 3 years ago

    Such a beautiful presentation, and clear instructions. I can't wait to get a hoop and run!

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown from blainedesign said 3 years ago

    Could this be more beautiful? NO! I'm so moved by how generous the author is, providing so many staggeringly gorgeous photos and ideas.

  • Pixie2428

    Doris C. from SewBeautifulbyDC said 3 years ago

    Beautiful work ! Great instructions for everyone. Thank you for sharing your love of hand embroidery.

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 3 years ago

    This is beautiful work. I appreciate that you have such great pictures for those of us who are visual learners!

  • artl8dy

    artl8dy from ArtL8dY said 3 years ago

    Even though I've been stitching awhile, I always come back to to basic stitches and enjoy seeing the samples that other stitchers prepare. There's nothing like hand stitched fiber. Very personal, very unique. I invite you to have a look at my shop.

  • myneedlehabit

    Carla Hansen from myneedlehabit said 3 years ago

    Excellent tutorial. Even though I do 95% of my work in the chain stitch, I love being seduced by the work of others and the stitches they use.

  • youngfolk1314

    Ribo Flavour from riboflavour said 3 years ago

    Nice tutorial!

  • BachsCrafts

    Susan Bachmeier from BachsCrafts said 3 years ago

    It's making me want to get out the old thread and hoop!

  • viveladiference

    Gisela Damblon from damblon said 2 years ago

    My english is not good enough to express how wonderful this is.... Tank You so much for sharing...Rebecca!

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    andy dong from EMBROIDERYCN said 1 year ago

    www.etsy.com/shop/embroiderycn,ne caps embroidery desgin,thanks

  • alexmoore371

    alex moore said 258 days ago

    Such a beautiful presentation, and clear instructions. Thanks for sharing..... Custom Embroidery Digitizing

  • etsyembroidery

    Andrew Sam from SMS1s said 112 days ago

    The article is so engaging that it retains me till the last word. Machine Embroidery Designs b>

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