Everything you need to start embroidery
One of the things I love about embroidery is how easy it is to get started! You don’t need lots of fancy equipment and it doesn’t take up much either – just a small bag with a few basic materials is enough to begin with.
Yes, there’s extra equipment and tools that make it easier, but when you’re starting out you really don’t need to invest in all the fancy tools until you feel ready to.
It can be overwhelming starting a new hobby, or even knowing what the best materials to use are, so I’ve put together a guide of the supplies I recommend. These few simple supplies are a good place to start when learning embroidery and don’t cost the earth to begin with.
So, here’s all the supplies you need to get started with embroidery!
Cotton and linen fabrics are good to use because they’re affordable, they come in many colours and the close weave of the fabric works really well with embroidery! If you’re just starting out, an old pillowcase is a good place to start if you don’t want to buy much fabric to begin with. One thing I must say now, do not use stretchy fabric!
I highly recommend DMC stranded cotton embroidery thread. Not only is the quality of the thread amazing, they also have 500+ colours to choose from! Each embroidery skein has 6 divisible strands which gives you the option to choose the weight of your stitches.
Elbesee embroidery hoops are my all time favourite brand to buy! The wood is good quality and they are the best I’ve found at keeping the fabric taut. The biggest problem I’ve faced with embroidery hoops is them having holes in the frame which looks unsightly, especially if you’re displaying your embroidery in the hoop itself! Elbesee embroidery hoops have these holes already filled in for you, making it look so much nicer and cleaner compared to other hoops. They’re also made from sustainable wood which is an extra bonus.
If you’re a beginner, I would suggest buying an assortment of needles so you can get to grips with which needle size you’re comfortable with threading. If you’re struggling to thread the needle, choose another one with a bigger hole. Once you get the hang of threading the needle more quickly and easily, you can start going down in size! John James Needles are my favourite to use.
Pencil or Frixion pen
A good ol’ pencil does the trick to transfer an embroidery pattern onto fabric. It’s definitely the most simple option to use and you most likely have one laying around already, however the lines are more difficult to remove. I personally prefer using a Frixion pen as the lines are clearer and they can (almost) be removed with a hairdryer so you can barely see the transfer lines!
There’s tons of gorgeous embroidery scissors you can choose from online. But for the sake of saving money and making embroidery as accessible as possible, any kind of scissors will work just fine! They just need to be nice and sharp to neatly cut the embroidery thread.
And that is everything you need to start embroidery! You really can go far with just these 6 simple tools and half of them can often be found lying around at home.
These are the basics to get you started and once you know you enjoy embroidery there are other amazing things you can bring in to make things easier for yourself.
In the meantime, if you would like to practice some embroidery, I’ve made a free ‘Home Sweet Home’ embroidery pattern perfect for beginners. I’ll teach you how to do 3 simple stitches for embroidering text, including how to transfer the design onto fabric and a starting to stitch guide!
You can sign up here!