Embroidery has become the ultimate lockdown hobby, after Marie Kondo’ing your possessions. Not only does it keep your hands busy, but the low cost makes it super easy to start.
So, what is embroidery? Embroidery is thought to date back to 5th to 3rd century BC. It is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. You can also use pearls, beads or sequins and embroidery is often seen on bags, blankets, coats, dresses and more. (Source: Wikipedia)
With a global call to return to simple living, embroidering is a great way to stay creative. Enthusiasts talk about its relaxing and somewhat meditative nature. Millions of modern patterns are available, you could even design your own.
You will need:
- Embroidery hoop
- Small sharp scissors
- Your choice of fabric
- Embroidery floss
- Embroidery needles
- Water soluble marker or other marking tool
There are 15 stitches a budding embroiderer can learn: backstitch, running, straight, stem, chain, satin, feather, split, detached chain, fly, woven wheel, couching, blanket, French knot and bullion knot.
Did you know that library members have borrowed embroidery themed items 14,989 times?
For tips, tricks and free pattern ideas, hook into these Top 6 Picks and Easy Embroidery eMagazines. #stitched
Free easy embroidery #inspo without leaving the lounge:
- Mollie Makes Embroidery
- Ideas Embroidery
- Embroidery for Beginners
- Creative Machine Embroidery
- Inspirations index
- Beginners Guide to Embroidery
- Stitching for Beginners
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Stream these free embroidery documentaries from around the world:
- Mirror Work and Embroideries of Kutch: How decorative Indian embroidery is made.
- Kalagas - Burmese Embroidered Tapestries: See traditional sewing processes in making costumes for Burmese puppets.
- Hilltribe Embroideries: Filmed in the mountains of northern Thailand, watch how six different Hilltribes create their beautifully detailed embroideries.
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On the web
Looking for more online embroidery trends? More info to get you stitching like a superstar:
- The 10 Best Embroidery Design Websites | Embroidery Press
- Our Top 25 Free Embroidery Designs | The Spruce Crafts
- A Whole Lot of Simpsons Embroidery | frankie magazine
- How to Design Embroidery: 10 Great Sources of Inspiration | Sew Guide
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