How To Embroider By Hand
In this video, embroidery enthusiasts are shown the basics of how to do embroidery by hand. It's a simple step-by-step tutorial for beginners. Anyone can do embroidery, and it looks like a lot of fun.
Hello, I'm going to show you how to do embroidery by hand. It's sometimes called free embroidery as well. You can make lots of lovely things with hand embroidery, it's a really relaxing thing to do as well.
I've made this pendant using hand embroidery, this little broach as well, using hand embroidery. I've embroidered a little button, you can make vintage style lavender bags and of course, you can make pictures in a wide variety of styles as well. So, to get you started with your hand embroidery, you'll need a few different things.
You need some fabric or something to embroidery on to. If you're a beginner, a nice medium weight linen fabric is a really nice fabric to get started on, it's really easy to work with and it looks lovely as well. You'll also need some threads, good threads to start with are embroidery floss, your cotton parlay, or your embroidery wool.
I'm going to show you two things that you really need to know before you start any embroidery, and that's how to put your fabric into a frame and how to start and finish your thread. I'm going to start with how to put your fabric into a hoop frame like this. You take your frame and make sure that it's closed so you can adjust the tightness with a screw at the top, so then you're going to push out the inside frame from the outside, place the inside frame on the table, then lay your fabric over the frame, place the outside frame over the top.
If it won't quite go down, then you just unscrew the outer frame slightly until it will push down onto your frame and you should have a nice drum type piece of fabric. If you've got a stiff type fabric, then you don't need to put it into a frame. Now, I'm going to show you how to start and finish your thread and embroidery.
We don't start with a knot because it can show through on the top side of the work. So, what you need to do is take your thread through and you can leave a long tail. Then, once you've made a few stitches, you can turn the fabric over and thread the end and then just weave the thread through the stitches that you've now made and then trim the end.
Another way to start your thread is in an area that you're going to stitch over later. So, either a filled in area or along the line of your embroidery design. So, you take the needle in from the top and leave a little tail, then you take two stitches, two tiny back stitches in the area that's going to be covered over later with your embroidery.
They're so small that you can hardly see them but they keep the thread in place. The next thing that you need to do is trim the end that's showing and that holds your thread in place while you're sewing so that later on, you can stitch over and they won't show at all. You can use both these methods, that's weaving through and the tiny back stitches to start and finish your threads when you're doing embroidery.
So, just a recap, that's how you start and finish your thread in embroidery. If you want to learn more about embroidery, there are lots of VideoJug videos on all different types of stitches and techniques for hand embroidery.