Embroidery has been around for a very long time. In fact, did you know that Egyptians used embroidery for decoration purposes on the hems of royal robes? Embroidery was also used in tapestries during the Middle Ages! Embroidery has always been considered an art form, one which is certainly worth learning. ImageScapes Embroidery has put together this guide to help you get started on your embroidery journey, find out what the 5 hand embroidery must have tools are:
#1: Lighting and Magnification
This is one of the most important necessities because the last thing you want to do is strain your eyes due to poor lighting conditions (this would make your experience much less enjoyable). Magnifying is not necessary for everyone but it certainly does help too.
Storage for your embroidery projects is necessary in order to keep your embroidery materials not only organized, but also to have effective management for your projects (plus, it also helps keep your work area clean).
#3: Use The Right Needle
A needle is the most basic tool you will use during this process. Now, any needle can draw a piece of thread through the fabric, however, using the right needle for the task at hand will guarantee better results (it really does make all the difference in the world!).
The most common needles used in embroidery are the following:
- Tapestry Needle– The tapestry needle has a much longer eye and a shorter shaft and a blunt tip.
- Milliner Needle– The milliner needle has a short (almost round) eye, and a very long shaft with a sharp tip.
- Crewel Needle– The crewel needle is the most basic needle for embroidery and it is is a sharp, tipped needle that has a medium-long eye which is slightly larger than the shaft of the needle.
#4: Frames and Hoops
This tool is helpful for a couple of reasons. One, it helps keep your embroidery fabric in place. Two, it helps avoid making your embroidery warped. Frames and hoops are available in both wood and plastic.
When it comes to scissors, you don’t want to use just any pair. Embroidery scissors are different from regular craft scissors. They are sharp and thin; they are designed this way to be able to get really close to the ground fabric to cut threads cleanly.
Of course, there are many other embroidery tools available but these 5 are the must haves you need to get you started on your very own embroidery project! Investing a little time and a little bit of money will allow you to create beautiful art. For more information or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Imagescapes Embroidery and Screen Printing, we are always happy to be of assistance.