Embroidery is a relaxing thing to do; you sit back and focus on a square inch of cloth and thread. It all comes down to the thread, cloth and you. After a few hours, you end up with a clear mind and a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. But there are times when your hard work results in missed stitches, pulled seams and even a mismatched piece that just does not look right. This happens when you have not followed simple embroidery rules. If you are new to the game, here is what you must do before starting out on this wonderful hobby.
Get the right supplies: Depending on the project, get the right fabric for your project. Most project instructions will itemize the fabric type, size and thread type required for the project. If no instructions are provided, choose a light quilting cotton. Embroidery thread is usually standardized and color-fast. Avoid floss or specialized threads as they will be difficult to use for beginners. Don’t forget to get an embroidery hoop as well. A basic 6-inch hoop will work the best. Needles are obviously a must and most needles can be used for embroidery Perth. Choose a pack with different eye sizes and store them carefully. If possible, get a thread conditioner as well. This accessory will coat the thread and protect it from fading or ripping over time. Other accessories include a water-soluble marker, sharp scissors, thimbles, and water soluble glue.
Pattern transfer: Water soluble markers are the best way to transfer images on to cloth. Trace the design on to the cloth and start your project. This method usually is good for lightweight fabric. You can also use fabric or tailors chalk to transfer the patter. For thicker fabric, iron-on patterns and printable stabilizers are a great option. Just print the design from your computer onto special paper and iron on or stick it on your fabric.
Start small: Embroidery takes time. Start with the smallest pattern possible and the simplest stitches. Take the time to learn more techniques and progress to harder projects as you go along.
Finishing: If you are going to frame your work or wear it, finishing is important. Trim the excess fabric or glue it under. Ensure that excess threads or knots are tucked under other stitches. You can always use stronger fabric or cardboard as a backing or frame your work to ensure stability.
Ready to learn more? Start with simple designs and then move on to complicated complex patterns. Check out our informative articles on embroidery at Embroidery Perth. We usually have articles out every week and you can also write in to us with queries.