Embroidery For Beginners

Embroidery For Beginners

Embroidery For Beginners

Join the embroidery revolution and gather inspirational idea on stitches for embroidery, needlepoint and dressmaking. The simple step-by-step tutorials in this book will guide you through every stage of creating intricate designs. Featuring: Introduction - Understand the different types of stitch and how to use them. Materials, tools and techniques - Discover what makes a great toolkit. Line and border stitches - Get to know the most basic and versatile embroidery stitches. Openwork stitches - Advance to more complex, decorative stitches.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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1 min.
welcome to embroidery for beginners

Embroidery is the ancient craft of decorating and embellishing fabric with decorative stitches. Once an essential part of daily life for most women and some men, embroidery simultaneously exists as a domestic necessity, art form and hobby. The art of embroidery is practised worldwide and the language of stitches transcends countries and borders, whether that’s Antwerp edging or the Algerian eye. Embroidery for Beginners is your complete illustrated guide, packed with everything you need to choose the right thread, needles and fabric for all your craft projects. Begin by learning about the basic equipment needed to start embroidering, from the different types of needles to mounting your fabric properly. Once you’ve mastered the basics and gathered your tools, follow the step-by-step instructions to discover and master more than 200 stitches,…

4 min.

The art of embroidery has been defined simply as the ornamentation of textiles with decorative stitchery. It is an ancient craft which encompasses a wealth of history, and the same stitches are used by embroiderers throughout the world. They provide an international vocabulary that crosses the boundaries of land and time. Local patterns, designs, and ways of working vary from place to place, but the actual stitch techniques do not. The language of stitches is infinitely adaptable. It is being constantly reinterpreted by contemporary stitchers, who produce their new work as part of a continuing tradition. INTERNATIONAL HERITAGE Sewing was once an essential part of daily life for most women, and some men. Before mass production, many clothes and items of domestic furnishing had to be made at home and embroidery evolved…

1 min.
how to use this book

The book is divided into six chapters. The first deals with the equipment, threads, and fabrics used for stitchery, and the various techniques involved. This is followed by the Gallery of stitches, which is a visual library of the 234 stitches featured. The stitch instructions are grouped into four chapters – Lines and Borders, Filling Stitches, Openwork, and Needlepoint – each of which has several sub-sections showing the different types of stitches within the group. STITCH INSTRUCTION CHAPTERS…

6 min.
tools, fabrics, threads, and frames

THE BASIC EQUIPMENT required for embroidery is minimal; as with many other sewing crafts, all that is necessary to start stitching is a needle, a length of thread, a piece of cloth, and a pair of scissors. Much time and care will be invested in creating a finished piece of needlework, so the choice of materials at the outset is important. In order to achieve a professional and long-lasting result it is worth investing in the best quality tools, threads, and fabric, and in taking time over their selection. WORKBOX TOOLS Every workbox should be equipped with two pairs of sharp, steel-bladed scissors: large shears for cutting out cloth or canvas, and pointed embroidery scissors to clip threads and knots. A stitch ripper is convenient for unpicking mistakes and removing tacking. Dressmaker’s…

1 min.
mounting techniques

IT IS WORTH taking time at the outset of a project to prepare and mount the fabric properly. Neaten the edges to prevent them fraying or snagging by working a narrow hem or a machine zigzag stitch around linen and cotton fabrics, or by binding canvas with masking tape. Use a steam iron to press the fabric and remove any creases. USING AN EMBROIDERY HOOP The fabric should be at least 8cm (3in) larger all round than the diameter of the hoop. Loosen the screw slightly before mounting. PREPARING A STRETCHER FRAME The neatened fabric or canvas should be the same size as the frame. Use drawing pins or a staple gun to fix the fabric in place. SETTING UP A SCROLL FRAME Cut the fabric or canvas to the same width as the webbing. If…

7 min.
stitching techniques

The key to a professional finish for any piece of needlework is to keep the length of the stitches regular and to maintain even tension throughout, whether or not the fabric is mounted on a frame. Take time to sew a small sample piece before embarking on any new project, to become familiar with the stitches and to establish a rhythmic pattern of working. Embroidery stitches are constructed either vertically, usually from top to bottom, or horizontally towards the left or right, although they may appear at any angle in the finished piece. Needlepoint fillings, which form all-over patterns, are worked in diagonal, horizontal, or vertical rows. BEGINNING TO STITCH Follow one of the two techniques shown below to start off or to join a new length of thread. Both will help…