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AlohaSandy
February 25th, 2017, 11:16 PM
Looking for embroidery information. Like needles, threads and which is better wood or plastic hoops. I'm wanting to get back into embroidery for next holiday gifts and it's been so long I don't remeber it all. Mahalo

pcbatiks
February 26th, 2017, 12:36 AM
Shiny Happy World is a good site for embroidery stuff. Check on YouTube also. I found quite a few good videos there when I wanted to get back into embroidery.

snippet
February 26th, 2017, 03:15 AM
I have a crazy quilt top sewn together. I initially sewed a few lines with a decorative stitch on my machine, but it isn't enough. I want to do some embroidery too. I'm just not sure what I want to do. I think I'll find a list of stitches and just work my way through them, then maybe somewhere along the line I will get brave and doodle some inside the patches.

I started doing cross stitch again after many years. I have a lot of hoops and use my spring hoops most. They hold tight and are easy to put on, move around, take off. Then I saw a friend stitching with a scroll frame and it intrigued me. It's very nice to work and see a bigger portion of your project. I switch between the two hoops depending on the size of my work.

Find a good way to store your threads. I don't use kits, so I have my own thread supply. I inherited my dad's floss and it was in little numbered baggies. I use plastic bobbins, so I went through all his thread and wound the colors I didn't have yet. For my current project, I keep the colors in a small box along with scissors and some needles. It's easy to toss in my bag and go stitching!

Good luck and show off your work when you get it done. There are a few cross stitch Facebook groups that are good for that, and great for inspiration too.

shermur
February 26th, 2017, 08:09 AM
There is two embroidery gurus I think are great Jacquelynn Steves https://jacquelynnesteves.com/ and Lori Holt http://beeinmybonnetco.blogspot.com/search?q=embroidery

Both of these creators put hand embroidery in both of their quilted creations and are beautifully done!

Hulamoon
February 26th, 2017, 11:17 AM
I agree with Pam. Shiny Happy World is a great site. She has tutorials somewhere on her site, but this is her style.

https://shop.shinyhappyworld.com/collections/embroidery-patterns?view=all

Urban threads is great too. You can get most of their designs in hand embroidery. They have tutes too.

http://www.urbanthreads.com/

QuiltingRN
February 26th, 2017, 02:12 PM
I just started hand embroidery and I like using the wooden hoops so far. I am using perle cotton to embroider as I had quite a lot of it and it works very well. I think a light box would be nice to have to transfer designs. I have used some of the dressmakers carbon paper to transfer and it works ok but can rub off.

There are lots of good videos for instruction on stitches, too.

kimsophia
February 27th, 2017, 03:09 PM
Embroidery needles have bigger eyes to comfortably fit the threads through...two strands of embroidery thread is a common amount for stitching. Larger thread like perle cotton would need a bigger needle eye...I've found a chenille needle to be a good type for that. Blunt tipped tapestry needles are good for counted cross stitch, so you don't pierce the linen fabric threads and just fit through the already woven holes. John James is a good brand. I prefer a needle size that is thinner (to make as small a hole in the fabric as possible) and shorter (just easier for me to handle). You can get a package with assorted lengths to see what you like best. https://www.amazon.com/Crewel-Embroidery-Hand-Needles-Size-Pkg/dp/B0001DS6PC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488217812&sr=8-1&keywords=crewel+needles


I've been happier with small wood hoops as I think the wood grips the fabric tighter than plastic. The kind with a tightening bolt gives you more options than a spring tension hoop. I like smaller hoops that are easy to hold and less clunky. I also have one larger square hoop that looks like PVC piping that is nice for larger projects as you can keep from crushing your existing stitches by not attaching the clamps on that area. However that is a lot heavier to hold than my little wooden hoops.

https://www.amazon.com/Embroidery-Plastic-Square-Handhold-Stitch/dp/B01LXAILQ7/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1488218185&sr=8-4&keywords=square+embroidery+hoop

I like a leather thimble, too.

threadbndr
February 27th, 2017, 06:21 PM
Depends on the style of embroidery - free or counted thread. I like hoops for free and scroll bar sets (the ones where you sew the fabric on) for counted thread and cutwork/hardanger.

Also depends on how much embelishment your piece will have, hoops don't deal well with beads, heavy textured specialty stitches like Rhoads Hearts, ribbon work and the like.

AlohaSandy
March 2nd, 2017, 06:33 PM
Thank you so much for all this great information. Mahalo

AlohaSandy
March 17th, 2017, 04:09 PM
I agree with Pam. Shiny Happy World is a great site. She has tutorials somewhere on her site, but this is her style.

https://shop.shinyhappyworld.com/collections/embroidery-patterns?view=all

Urban threads is great too. You can get most of their designs in hand embroidery. They have tutes too.

http://www.urbanthreads.com/

Mahalo Ms Hulamoon your a wealth of information always lol