Introduction: Tools and Materials for Embroidery
Ive split these into categories - required and optional! The required lists are the basics you need to complete the embroidery projects in the class. The optional lists concern tools and materials that are nice to have, or for patternmaking and finishing your embroideries, but they are not necessary.
Required Tools Needed:
Required Materials Needed:
Optional Tools and Materials:
In this section, Ill briefly go over each of the major tools and tell you why well be using them.
Embroidery hoops are used to hold fabric taut while stitching. We use plastic ones for stitching and wooden ones for framing embroideries.
Embroidery scissors are small and sharp, perfect for trimming floss cleanly and closely. Theyre essential. I like to make "necklaces" out of mine so I dont misplace them.
Pinking shears cut fabric so that it has a jagged edge. This keeps the edges of your fabric from unravelling as you work with it.
Embroidery needles vary wildly in size - I recommend buying a variety pack to find the size you like the most for each project.
Water soluble pens are my preferred method of embroidery transfer. Theyre easy to use, come in a variety of thicknesses, and wash out easily with cool water.
Fabri-Tac Glue is the only glue I trust to finish my embroideries! It adheres permanently to wood and fabric, and dries clear and fast. Also great for securing knots or loose thread ends.
Thread Heaven is a a thread conditioner. It will make your floss pull through the fabric much more easily, and can also help you thread a needle with stubborn floss. One container of this will last you a very long time!
Embroidery floss comes in a few flavors, but well be using six-stranded floss for this class. My favorite brand is DMC, which can be found at nearly any craft store.
Embroidery fabric can be almost any type of fabric! However - linen, quilting cotton and muslin are all great beginner embroidery fabrics because theyre easy to work with. Linen is my favorite!
An iron and ironing board are extremely important to press fabric before you embroider. Any ironing board will do, but I recommend a steam iron with multiple temperature settings for best results.
Light tablets are my preferred method of transferring embroidery patterns. They allow for much more accurate drawing than you get from a sunny window or homemade light box.
Youll need a printer to print off the PDF patterns, and a scanner will come in amazingly handy if you decide you like to make your own patterns.
Clear quilting rulers come in very handy when it comes to patternmaking! These help you ensure that youre laying out text and drawings with consistency and efficency. :)