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Embroidery Essentials!

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Embroidery Essentials!

Let's have a look at the embroidery essentails!

EMBROIDERY HOOP

You can purchase a variety of embroidery hoops. You can find wooden, bamboo, rubber, and even plastic hoops.

Wooden embroidery hoops are more expensive but, but have a sturdy and heavy figure.

The bamboo hoops are on the more affordable price range but it might give less tension to the fabric than the wooden hoop. It may also bend over time. If your fabric needs more pressure use the tip masking tape on the backside to make sure it is stretched properly.

Unlike the many other hoops, the rubber embroidery hoop is slipped on and used for decoration purposes. It will take strength to pull the rubber hoop and fit the fabric into the frame. It is difficult to fit your finished embroidery back into the frame when taken out.

The plastic embroidery hoop is the most affordable and lightweight amongst the frames previously mentioned. Due to the smooth texture the fabric tightening strength will not be as adequate as the wooden hoop.

FABRIC

For cross stitching a special material called “Aida” is used. However, for embroidery any common cotton fabric can be used. In most cases, materials like linen and cotton blend are used because it is more resistant to stretching. Using thin materials like voile and lawn will be difficult for this project.

NEEDLE

It is recommended to use embroidery needles than a normal needle. The regular needles have smaller eyes and it will be harder to fit multiple embroidery flosses. As for the embroider needles, they have large eyes and sharper ends for a smoother experience. The lower the needle number the bigger the eye of the needle.

THREAD

There are variety of different embroidery flosses. With different materials such as cotton, cotton blend, rayon, wool, silk and more.

It also can be distinguished with the number of strands. For many of our patterns, we will be using DMC or Anchor in 6 strands.

For these threads, they are 100% cotton and are the most commonly used floss. Although it is made with cotton, it still has a pretty shine to it which will produce a great outcome. The full length of the thread will be 8 meters long.

It is recommended to cut the thread in 20” (50cm) length and to be pull out in individual strands. Even when used in 6 strands it is best pull the stands individually then thread them together. This way you can achieve a voluminous and shiny outcome.

*TRACING TIP*

You can purchase the tracing material we have recommended on the material list and follow the instructions that is provided in the product. If you do not have the materials listed, you can simply use the window light and tape the template. Then, place the fabric over and trace it with a water-soluble pen.

By Sue Kim

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