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Embroidery

Hand embroidery

Last year, I started doing simple hand embroidery. It was a nice way of doing something with my hands when my husband and I would watch tv. My best friend even surprised me with a book I ADORE with all sorts of contemporary patterns.

Have you ever wondered how to get started with embroidery? It's fairly simple to start. Get some of your favorite colored embroidery floss, a needle, and a hoop, then use whatever fabric you're wanting to embroider. I'll list below some of my favorite amazon finds.

If you subscribe to my Fox Nest newsletter, you'll get access to The Fox Den, a free resource library, which includes embroidery printables to help get you started. You'll need to learn some basic stitches, which you can easily find tutorials for on YouTube, then print these printables on water soluable stabilizer paper (linked below) and you're on your way!

Here are some of my favorite resources for embroidery!

Thread Folk

Thread Folk, by Libby Moore, was my first book on embroidery. My best friend surprised me with it when I posted it as what would be my new art obsession. I adore the patterns in this book and I know you will too!

Caydo embroidery fabric

I really like this fabric from Caydo for starters. Why? Because the threading isn't tight so it's easier to get needle and thread through for starting out. Plus, they come in a three pack, the cuts are large, and you get three different tones.

Simple Embroider Hoops, multiple sizes

These were the first hoops I purchased. I wanted varying sizes so I could see what size I enjoyed working with. These are simple and make for simple, modern decor. 

Faux Wood Embroidery Hoops, multiple sizes

These are a beautiful step up from the previous embroidery hoops. They're a faux wood that makes for nice decor as well, however they are made of a rubber material that ensures the fabric doesn't move while you're working, which is important because it can be frustrating not having the tension stay tight while you're working.

Embroidery Floss

Embroidery floss is the most common form of string used for embroidery. Many patterns call for using 3 of the 6 strings in the thread, so it's as if you're getting double the thread if you're using a pattern that calls for 3 strings! They come in all sorts of colors, but note that DMC Brand is the standard and not all embroidery floss are created equal!

Stick 'n Stitch

This stuff is a life saver and makes things so easy. This stabilizer makes it easy to print your pattern, stick it to your fabric, and stitch your project. When you're done, just rinse it away! No one will ever know! ;)

Embroidery Needles

Needles, I must admit, I don't have a lot of experience with. I have the Dritz multisize pack, but I've found the smaller, sharper needles (that yes, will make you bleed) are easier to use than the more blunt needles.

Patterns

You can find all sorts of free and paid patterns online. If you sign up for my newsletter, The Fox Nest, you get access to The Fox Den, a free resource library that includes printables for you to download and print to your stick 'n stitch and get started on your project. For me, I just adore Thread Folk on Etsy.

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