How To Do Hand Embroidery
This is a great video for anyone who would like to learn how to hand embroider beautiful patterns. It teaches about different fabrics, flosses, and how to transfer patterns. Embroidery can be a lot of fun and this video shows you how it's done.
Now, I'm going to tell you how to do hand embroidery. This is what you will need: an embroidery ring, separate it out like this. They come in different sizes.
This size is a good size. You can get really little ones and much bigger ones depending on the size of the design you're embroidering. You will also need embroidering floss like this.
You want to choose a good quality embroidery floss because you don't want your colors to run when you wash it. So, a good brand like DNC is good. You'll need some little scissors.
These are nice and sharp to cut your threads and an embroidery needle with a big enough eye so that you can thread your floss through it. So, that's the equipment you will need. You will also need something to help you put your design onto your material.
There are lots of companies that sell little transfer patterns that you can iron on. You put that down upon the top of your fabric and you can iron it on and that will give you the image to then embroider around or you might want to do some free embroidery and just design as you go, or you can follow embroidery paper patterns. So, we need to first put our fabric into our embroidery ring.
Now, the material you use completely depends on what you are doing. If you want, you can use a looser weave, such as muslin or you can use something quite thick. There are no rules with hand embroidery.
You can use whatever you want and experiment and you can see what the results will be. You want your cloth to be nice and tight in the ring, but not so tight that it distorts the weave. That's a good tension.
Okay, my cloth is ready. Now, I need to decide how many yards of the floss I'm going to use. This is, they have six strands.
I'm just going to separate out two strands. Okay. You can see I'm just smoothing out the thread and getting rid of most of those twists.
Now, traditionally, you don't want to have any knots at the back when you start off. And what you do is move the thread backwards and forwards for the first few stitches so that you weave it into your stitches. However, if you want to cheat, you can just tie a knot in the back and make sure that it's neat afterwards.
This will depend on the project you're making and whether the back is visible at the end. When you're embroidering there are two methods. There is a stab method where you literally go in one stitch and out the other stitch.
There is also a hand sewing method which applies to some stitches where you go in and out it won't go. With the hand sewing method, you will need a little bit more slack on your fabric. It can't be too tight otherwise you can't angle your needle in and out.
There are lots of different types of stitches that do different things from outlining to filling in different textures that require different amounts of threads. Those are the basics for hand embroidery. .