From hoops to thread to the steps in between the hoops! Read through the following post and be sure to comment any questions you may still have so that I can answer them in a follow up post!
You can find video tutorials for simple stitches on my Instagram story highlights. I’ll be updating the tutorials page on here as soon as I get a break between COVID quarantine and my full-time gig.
- I typically work with 6″ hoops as my standard, but hoops come in all shapes AND sizes! I have recently become a fan of Auburn Hoops and have been stitching in them as they keep fabric nice and taut as you work.
- I suggest working with Muslin but you can really work with any fabric that doesn’t have too much of a stretch to it. This is so that while you are working, the embroidery stays taught without having any funky sag in it.
- These come in various sizes but I typically work with (and include these in kits) DMC Size 5 needles. They’re long, sharp and the eyelet is large enough to get a full piece of thread through without leaving a gaping hole in your fabric as you stitch.
- I am a fan of DMC thread – they have hundreds of color options and they don’t fade or bleed!
- You can find several different thread options depending on where you live or what your budget is. If you’re looking for a cheaper option with several colors to choose from, Amazon has a few options with several thread options and hoops (however, they are definitely a poorer quality than DMC)
Those are you basics – depending on where you live you should have access to the basics to get started on your embroidery journey! However – if you’re in a bind and prefer to do some online shopping, I have had great success in locating those basics on Amazon or through Michaels.com
Prepping your hoop
Ready to get started on your first project?
First things first, loosen the screw on the top of your embroidery hoop. You’ll have an inner and an outer hoop! Place your fabric over the inner hoop and place the outer hoop over the fabric – in a way, it’ll be an embroidery hoop sandwich! Press the outer hoop down and begin to tighten the screw to create a snug sandwich with the fabric nice and taut!
There you have it – your hoop is ready to stitch in!
You can save this image and keep it handy as an assortment of simple stitches to work with on your upcoming projects! Be sure to subscribe and keep an eye out for freebie templates. If you’re ready to take on your first project, head over to the shop and pick out a kit!
Enjoy your stitching!