Among my creative resolutions, I have in mind embroidery and the desire to improve my skills in these techniques whose modern uses I find really very nice. For this first article, I propose you my small selection of material to start and compose his perfect little embroidery kit.
I have gathered here all the objects that were necessary for me to embroider and start a quality work. I present them to you here one by one.
1/ Embroidery threads
Thread is the essential element for embroidery. There are many yarns. My favourites are really those of the DMC brand, the 6-ply mill, which can be found everywhere, whether in haberdasheries or in craft shops. The DMC colour palette is just perfect and if you’re the fussy type, you can spend more than an hour hesitating between a shade of one blue or another. These yarns are also of a very good quality. Beware of wires that may seem cheaper. Discount” threads can sometimes hang more easily and we have less pleasure in embroidery.
Today, the trend is also to incorporate new materials into our embroidery, which are no longer just for haute couture. You can embroider sequins, miyuki beads or use a lot of the metallic thread that gives a resolutely modern effect to your embroidery.
2/ Felt pens
Embroidering is finally “drawing” on a fabric with threads and a needle. We usually transfer an existing drawing that you will download or copy and then trace on your fabric. For this reason, I recommend that you bring these markers, which can be erased either with water or with the heat of the iron. In haberdashery, you will find these markers very easily. But Pilot brand reflective markers, which you can simply find in your supermarket, also do the job very well and are very popular with embroiderers. The ink disappears after an iron blow!
3/ The embroidery drum
It is essential for embroidery. You can never make a pretty embroidery without using a drum. Here too, be very demanding with the quality of the drum. I made the mistake of buying cheap ones. The wood splinters and damages the fabric. I recommend you to buy some second hand on used.forsale, where many models are on sale at very low prices. Buy a few sizes so that it adapts perfectly to the size of your embroidery, and then the embroidery drum is very fashionable and you may want to hang your work in its drum!
4/ Needles and scissors
Bring small embroidery scissors and needles. Be very careful with the size of the needles. Some needles that are too large can damage a fine fabric. The ideal, once again, is to have a wide range of needles at your disposal.
5/ The fabric
Modern embroidery is done on all types of fabrics. You can embroider prints, jersey, cotton… There is no veto. As long as the fabric is tightly stretched in the drum, without pulling or deforming it too much, you can embroider it. You can also embroider basic clothes to make your wardrobe unique. Some fabrics that are too thin will then be covered beforehand to make embroidery easier for you. So make sure you have a canvas covering.
6/ The light panel
I bought myself a bright board and since then, I can’t do without it. Before, I used to unload my bosses by leaning on a window. But since I have had this board, I have been putting the fabric on the drawing and the power of light allows me to work very cleanly. I no longer have any slenderness in my arms and I can trace my pattern even when it is dark outside (it’s still very practical in winter!). If you start to be an embroidery enthusiast, I advise you to buy it (I had to pay 30$ for it, but it is cheaper in second hand).
So here is my little embroidery kit. All that remains is to get started and improve!