Hello! Welcome to my first embroidery tutorial on "Daydreams of Quilts."
First, let me say that quilting is my greatest love and I will never leave that craft medium so if you are worried there will be no more quilts here rest assured that quilt patterns are on my list of goals for this year too. Diversity keeps life interesting.
Okay, so here's how this tutorial came to be: It never occurred to me before, until one of my blog readers pointed it out, that some people don't know where to begin with an embroidery project. How to transfer a pattern and get it into a hoop is a barrier for them. So let's break down that barrier right now! It's so easy you'll wonder why you never tried it.
The great thing about embroidery is that it's an inexpensive past time. All you need is some fabric. White quilting cotton works great and is the most economical. For an heirloom piece linen is lovely but it's pricier. Then you need a hoop that's the right size for your project. I got a multi-pack at Micheal's for less than $10.00. Embroidery floss can get expensive if you need 30 or 40 colours but if it's under 10 colours then that will be under $10.00 too. An embroidery needle is necessary of course and a water soluble fabric marking pen is very helpful. You can use regular pencil but you need to make sure you cover your lines with stitches as it doesn't completely wash out.
Let's Get Started:
Kawaii Cacti pattern to the window of my back door.
Note: Some people wrap their hoops with linen or fabric strips. Sometimes this is done when the embroidery will be left in the hoop and this makes a decorative frame. Sometimes muslin is used to wrap the hoops if a delicate fabric is being used in order to protect the fabric from damage. Most of the time this is not necessary. (I have never done this.)
Iron transfer method:
Now you know how to get started with an embroidery project.