If you truly want to become a master of embroidery (and get the best needlework results) then it is important to know that embroidery generally requires specialized machines. These machines need to be understood and mastered if you want to be truly great at the craft.Try these tips to help you become a master of embroidery.
Understand your machine
When you purchase your machine, the very first thing that you need to do is figure out how it works. The only way to do that, is to play around with it and to read the user manual.Before you begin to seriously embroider, ensure that you know how to thread the needle (and change needles when necessary) and attach the hoop. Another essential thing to learn, is how to input designs into your machine, and which designs would work best.
If you struggle to understand your machine, or the user manual is too confusing, there are helplines available – don’t be afraid to use them.
The needle is important
You may not realise this, but certain fabrics and designs, will require a specific needle.When choosing your needle, remember that sharply pointed needles are used for woven fabrics, while blunt needles should be used for linen or canvas.You will need to use embroidery fabric for your projects, not sewing fabric. Yes, there is a difference.Your needle should also not be too thin or too think, and short needles are the best for when you need to work fast. On the other hand, long needles are needed for when you will be wrapping thread around the needle.Choose your needles carefully.
Master the hoop
Hooping your fabric properly is essential to ensure a proper pattern.
After placing the fabric between the hoop rings, tighten it enough that the fabric won’t be stretched or loose – the fabric should have a neutral tension.
If it is either too loose or stretched too tight, the pattern will not turn out right. Therefore, mastering the hoop is so important.
As with learning any new craft, do a test project first, because once you begin the project, you won’t be able to pause and fix the hoop.
Take a class or get a mentor
If you’re not the type to learn things on your own, the best thing to do would be to join an embroidery class, find a mentor or join an embroidery forum.
These serve the dual purpose of teaching you embroidery, while also allowing you to meet people who have similar interests.Keep in mind that even when you’ve mastered embroidery, art forms generally encourage lifelong learning. There will always be new tricks to learn or patterns to design; the learning may never end.
Beginners are always encouraged to start small, and practise often.You should begin with small projects and work your way up to the bigger projects. Letters and lines are great first-time projects as they are easy to master and help you gain confidence in your stitching.As you gain more confidence, you can start practising on more intricate designs. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Be bold and creative
Embroidery is an art form and is a wonderful way to express yourself.Never be afraid to experiment with your designs and create elaborate patterns of your own. Once you have gained enough confidence, feel free to create that picture or tell that story that has been begging to come out.Use your craft to personalize your clothing and accessories, create portraits, or even improve the look of an old piece of furniture. The possibilities are endless.Becoming a master of embroidery will not be an easy, overnight task. It will take time, practise and tons of patience.Embroidery, like all art forms, needs to be honed constantly. If you don’t want to lose your edge, then never stop practising.