11/05/2020

AD | A Beginners Guide to Embroidery (plus giveaway)

Beginners Embroidery Guide Giveaway Lisa Valentine Blogs (1)

*Contains gifted items

It looks like needlework is having a bit of a revival at the moment and it’s something that I for one am delighted to see. I was first introduced to sewing and embroidery by grandma when I was younger and eventually learnt the craft myself, starting off with simple cross stitch designs then slowly evolving to more intricate projects as I got older. These days, most of my craft projects involve embroidery, which I picked back up recently after a bit of a hiatus.

If you’re new to embroidery, I’ve put together some tips to help you along:

Basic Equipment

Fabric

The beauty of embroidery is that you can design on whatever fabric you like, even items of clothing or tote bags. When I’m creating hoop art, I like to to use linen, calico or cotton fabrics as I find them easiest to work with and like the end result.

Needles

You’re looking for a needle size that will comfortably pass back and forth through the fabric without stretching. They come in a massive range of sizes but I’d suggest sticking to either a 7, 8 or 9 as the long ‘eye’ means they’re easier to thread yet sharp enough to tackle most fabrics.

Stranded threads

The majority of designs are stitched with stranded embroidery thread. These threads are made up of six strands and can be separated according to the design you’re working on, usually into three. To split the strands, cut a length of the thread, hold one end taut while you carefully pull as many strands as you need away.

Embroidery hoop

I use an embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taut while I stitch and it also helps to prevent the stitches from becoming distorted. Like needles, hoops come in a variety of sizes, and can even be used to mount work afterwards. I tend to stick to either a 6″ or 7″ for most designs.

Tapestry scissors

A good pair of scissors are invaluable when working with threads. I used my kitchen scissors before buying specific needlework ones and regretted it instantly when I nicked the fabric due to them being too clunky, undoing all of my hard work. Keep them sharp and use them to cut the ends of threads when you’re finished stitching.

Lighting

It’s much easier to see what you’re doing, prevent eye strain and get an accurate idea of colours when you sew in daylight so I’d recommend finding a comfy spot as close to the window as you can.

If this is all seeming a bit intense, you can buy kits which have pre-printed designs and contain most things you need to get started straight away.

Be Patient and Keep Practicing

There will inevitably be times when you mess up but the good news is that most missteps can be sorted with an unpicking tool and a little bit of patience. Start off small and try to master just a few key stitches such a backstitch, running stitch, stem stitch and French knots before moving on to more complex ones. I’m very much a visual learner so found these online video tutorials really helpful.

Get Creative

The beauty of embroidery is that it gives you loads of creative freedom to make something entirely unique. You can play around with different combinations of colours, shapes and stitches; there are no rules. Pinterest is a gold mine of inspiration or you can find loads of free pattern downloads here.

If you’d like the chance to a contemporary Hawthorn Handmade embroidery kit from LoveCrafts, you can choose between a hare, squirrel or wildwood kit and enter via the Rafflecopter link below. (Adam bought me the pink cat one for Christmas and I’ve now added three more kits to my birthday wishlist!)

Hand Embroidery Kit Giveaway UK Lisa Valentine Blogs

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77 responses to “AD | A Beginners Guide to Embroidery (plus giveaway)”

  1. Darren Bourne says:

    I would choose the hare please.

  2. A.E. ADKINS says:

    I’d love any of them but I would choose the squirrel I think

  3. Sarah Roberts says:

    They are so cute but love the squirrel, we feed a lot of them and love watching them so this would be lovely!

  4. Lyndsey Shingler says:

    The hare is fab xx

  5. Violet Phillippo says:

    Wildwood is a lovely design!

  6. Amber Spilsbury says:

    The squirrel is cute 🥰

  7. Jazz Fulcher says:

    The squirrel is adorable

  8. Joyce W says:

    I would choose the squirrel

  9. Adrian Bold says:

    I would love the squirrel please.

  10. Lesley Andrews says:

    Get plenty of squirrels in my garden so think it would have to be that one.

  11. melanie stirling says:

    I would choose the squirrel kit.

  12. Pauline Lamont says:

    The squirrel

  13. MERYL Thomas says:

    I love the hare (although the wildwood is great too)

  14. Jeanette Leighton says:

    I would love the squirrel

  15. The Wildwood but love them all

  16. Amanda S says:

    I’d love the squirrel!

  17. Helen Tyler says:

    I’d love to try my hand at embroidery. These kits look perfect for a beginner! I’d choose the squirrel one first.

  18. RACHELL LYNCH says:

    id choose the hare

  19. Victoria Easton says:

    I love the Wildwood – all the different colours and stitches!

  20. Debra Walker says:

    Squirrel

  21. Margaret Gallagher says:

    The beautiful SQUIRREL please

  22. Sheri Darby says:

    Squirrel please

  23. Patricia Avery says:

    Difficult choice but I think I would choose the wildwood if lucky enough to win

  24. Laura Caraher says:

    Tough choice but I think I would pick the hare

  25. Laura Pritchard says:

    The Squirrel

  26. Katrina Adams says:

    The squirrel is really adorable but I think I would go with the Wildwood one. This looks so much fun to do.

  27. Carol Cliffe says:

    I’d like to try the Widwood one I think

  28. lynn neal says:

    Squirrel is my favourite!

  29. JULIE BANKS says:

    Would love the Wild Wood one

  30. Patricia Barrett says:

    I would choose the squirrel.

  31. Emily Moran says:

    That squirrel is so cute!

  32. Helen says:

    I love the squirrel!

  33. Lorna Ledger says:

    I love the squirel, thanks for the chance

  34. Caroline Tinsley says:

    They are all lovely but I like the Wildwood one best.

  35. ADEINNE TONNER says:

    I think i would pick the squirrel

  36. Angela Sharp says:

    I would pick the squirrel, it’s very cute

  37. Helen Southam says:

    I would choose the hare

  38. GooderDan says:

    Squirrel is so adorable!

  39. Tina H says:

    I love these! I’d probably choose the Wildwood, although it’s a tough choice.

  40. Linzi Henderson says:

    I love the hare kit 🐰 I’ve always wanted to learn to embroider as I enjoy cross stitching so this would be perfect!

  41. Kelly Wheelhouse says:

    I would love the squirrel one! I really enjoy doing cross stitch, so would love to learn how to do embroidery too!

  42. Rebecca King says:

    Squirrel, its very cute!

  43. Karen Barrett says:

    I would choose Squirrel

  44. Helen Arlow says:

    I’d choose the squirrel as it’s so cute

  45. Michelle Ferguson says:

    The squirrel is my favourite

  46. Rachelle Barrett says:

    How lovely. Perfect for lockdown as a newbie. Thank you for the opportunity

  47. Carole Nott says:

    I would choose the wildwood thank you

  48. Lyndsey cooksey says:

    I’d love to have a go at the squirrel! I’ve never done one of these before but I’d love to try!

  49. Victoria Jardine says:

    I love Wildwood

  50. Tina Lawton says:

    I would choose the squirrel as it is just so blumming cute – it’s a very tough choice though!

  51. Fiona jk42 says:

    They are all lovely. I would pick the Wildwood design.

  52. Orange23 says:

    They are all lovely. I’d probably go for wildwood, but the squirrel is nice too

  53. Emma Walton says:

    I think I would choose either the squirrel or the Wildwood.

  54. Sally Collingwood says:

    I would like the Hare!

  55. Chris Davis says:

    Such a helpful guide for a beginner

  56. Ruth Harwood says:

    They’re all just beautiful, but Squirrel would be fab!

  57. Kim M says:

    Love the squirrel x

  58. HR says:

    Wildwood looks lovely for a beginner like me. Thanks for your post!

  59. Mark R says:

    I would choose the hare.

  60. Annabel Greaves says:

    I would love squirrel please

  61. Margaret Clarkson says:

    Wildwood please

  62. Charlotte isobelle says:

    I love the squirrel best!

  63. Jo m welsh says:

    I would like the wildwood please

  64. Tracy Nixon says:

    I would love the hare please!

  65. bn100 says:

    Squirrel

  66. Sadiyya Maryam says:

    The wildwood kit please.

  67. angela Treadway says:

    i would choose the hare x

  68. fiona waterworth says:

    Wildwood would be lovely thanks

  69. Chris Andrews says:

    the squirrel please and thank you if l am the lucky winner

  70. Sheena Batey says:

    I would choose the hare please

  71. Mel Pennie says:

    I’d choose the Wildwood kit

  72. Susan Smith says:

    Would definitely love the Squirrel

  73. Solange says:

    I would choose squirrel.

  74. KB says:

    The squirrel for sure, Its so cute!

  75. Iain maciver says:

    hare

  76. Susan B says:

    They’re all lovely but I would probably go for Wildwood.

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