When it comes to the art of appliqué, beginning with felt is a great way to learn and practice. Appliqué is simply attaching a small piece of fabric to a larger piece of fabric, usually to create a decorative bit of fiber art. Felt is a great fabric for appliqué work because you can cut it however you want and it won’t fray. This eliminates some additional steps that are needed when using other fabrics for appliqué. In fact, felt appliqué is so easy that if you’ve never tried it before, you’ll be amazed at how simple and accessible it is.
When it comes to my craft, a question I’m often asked is: “how do I get started with hand embroidery?”
While I could come up with an exhaustive list of all you could possibly invest in, I believe that overcomplicates things and can be a roadblock to stitching. There really are only a handful of supplies you need to begin embroidering, which is one of the many reasons I enjoy the craft so much! It doesn’t require a lot of monetary investment to get started, and you can always add to your toolbox if you decide it’s something you enjoy.
So what do you need to get started with hand embroidery? I’m glad you asked!
You know the moment. You find the *perfect* fabric for your next hand embroidery project. It’s got a beautiful weave, it’s just the right color and it’s ON SALE! Yay! You get it home, cut and iron it, transfer your pattern perfectly…but when you start stitching on it, you realize your threads are just slightly showing through the back of the fabric. The good news is there is a really easy fix to this problem!
One of the questions I’m asked most often on social media is, “What type of fabric do you use with your embroidery?” There are so many different options to choose from so I wanted to break down my favorite fabrics, tips for stitching on them, and a few other mediums that could be fun to embroider!
Every now and then I end up with a particularly troublesome embroidery hoop that won’t keep my fabric quite as taut as I’d like it. The issue comes down to there not being enough friction between the hoop and the fabric, which causes slippage while stitching. So how do you remedy this frustrating problem? There’s actually a very quick and easy fix - binding your embroidery hoop.
I love keeping an eye out for tools and supplies that make hand embroidery even more fun than it already is, especially during the holiday season when people are asking for my wish list. ;) If you love hand embroidery, or are on the hunt for the perfect present for a stitcher, here are some of my favorite stocking stuffer and gift ideas!
When it came to stitching knots in my hand embroidery, I used to almost exclusively use the french knot stitch - I loved it! I loved how I could wrap the thread around the needle more times to get a larger knot. I loved the wonderful stubbly texture it created when I filled a shape entirely with knots. And then, I discovered the colonial knot.
With autumn just a couple of weeks away, I’m starting to daydream about cooler weather, snuggly flannels, colorful leaves and all things apple! Life can get busy when the kids go back to school and the holidays loom ahead, so I find it’s more important than ever to be intentional about making time to rest and create. If you’re stumped on what to stitch, here are seven favorite fall hand embroidery patterns to enjoy!