1.18.2007

embroidery basics

Stitch School has moved to it's very own space on the web! You'll now find posts about choosing fabrics here and basic tools here. Comments are now closed on this post; if you'd like to leave a comment please do so on the new ones.

14 comments:

June said...

This is super helpful. I went to my local needlework store to buy embroidery floss and was totally bewildered by all the offerings. I am so happy to see this particular tutorial. Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

For patterns, also take a look a needlecrafter.com. In the design library, there are dozens of vintage patterns to download for free!

betty said...

Thank you so much for your very helpful "embroidery basics"! I am LOVING this blog!!!!

Andrea said...

I just wanted to pop in with a huge ole' thank you for your blog. I decided about three weeks ago to take up embroidery again (I haven't since I was about 12 years old and that was about... a really long time ago). I searched the internet for stitching guides and tips and was really frustrated at the lack of information. But I pressed on and bought a hoop, some material (which has too loose a weave I'm discovering now so that would be one question I have - what to embroider on), floss and a pack of assorted needles. The one thing I could NOT find an answer on is how many strands of thread to use.

Of course I found you AFTER all this angsty searching and a dismal start but I'm ready to give it another go. I really, really appreciate your detail and especially the close up photos of each step of the stitch.

So again ~ Thank you. I'll stop gushing now.

janet said...

Yes, needlecrafter.com is a great place to find copies of vintage patterns—all downloadable for personal use.

And, oops, I forgot about fabrics, so will do an embroidery basics—part 2 very soon.

African Kelli said...

I have been trying to teach myself embroidery for years and you have no idea how helpful this is. Thank you so, so much for taking the time to put this together. I am just tickled pink to find your site!

Anonymous said...

I love your sites. They are very inspirational. The stitching school is super helpful. Thank you so much for sharing and teaching.ammal

Meredith said...

Love the stitch school! Just taking up embroidery and using a kit from Sublime stitching. Your tutorials are the best!!

Mommy Fish said...

I'm getting excited about doing this. Never would I have thought I'd be trying to embroider, but I'm feeling inspired. Thank you for taking the time to help people like me who have never felt crafty!

Sadiya said...

Hi Janet,

I think I just stumbled upon your site, and I have already marked it in my favorites folder. I just went through all your pictures, and I wanted to know how you transfer the pattern on the fabric, could you please give us a tutorial about that. Would appreciate it a lot. BTW your blog and tutorials are just AWESOME and sooooooo helpful.
Sadiya

Marwa said...

Hello! I just found you blog and I love it. I have just recently tried cross stitching and your site is so resourceful. I also sew clothes for my dolls and I don't know any of the names or techniques so again you are a great help.

sara said...

I just got into embriodary yesterday and this post is very helpful! Thank you for your time!

Angela said...

I'm so glad I found this blog! A fellow blogger gave me the link and I LOVE your blog! I'm a beginner, and you provide so much help and answer a LOT of my questions! Thank you very much!!

The Curious Pug said...

the stitch kits look wonderful! i really think i'd like to begin pursuing embroidery more seriously and this looks like a great way to learn! thanks for sharing :)