So you got your pattern? right?
Here we go-now I’m gonna fill you in on my fav tools and we are going to go over a very simple stitch!
I buy DMC floss at the craft store. When I first started embroidering I put each of the colors on a bobbin (plastic card). But here’s the thing-those suck. Here’s why: the thread gets totally tangled, and when you pull it off they have kinks in them from being wound around the plastic. Don’t use those things, ok? I’ve still got a few to get rid of…
Here’s how I organize my stuff:
I like to keep my threads loosely wound in circles in these clear plastic containers. These use to store Barbie shoes and Polly Pocket accessories….
I love Thread Heaven-it is NOT a necessity but helps moisturize the thread so it doesn’t get tangly. You can see my needle threader + reading glasses….yes I admit it….I have asked my 13 to “thread this d#*%m needle” for me. Do yourself a favor and get the needle threader. A seam ripper is good to have too, just in case. (but I ask you-WHY do they make round seam rippers? They just roll off the desk! I put a rubber band around mine to keep them from slip sliding away) The scissors in the photo are foldable so I can just grab this kit & go-everything is all set.
For transferring your design (the instructions for doing that are all included in your pattern!) you will need a water soluble transfer pen or pencil, or just a regular 2B pencil. These are the needles I use too.
You will also need an embroidery hoop. I like these~
After I finish a piece I like to frame them in these~ (I’ll tell you how to finish the edges another day-its really simple)
All ready for our first stitch?
The SPLIT STITCH:
I use the Split Stitch for lots of outlining and things like that. We’ll go over other stitches next week-including the dreaded…duh duh duuuhhh….FRENCH KNOT!