Today I’m sharing five top embroidery tips, which should help improve your technique and leave your finished projects looking super professional!
Load up the needles
I know it’s tempting to thread your needle with a really long piece of floss because then you don’t have to keep threading your needle but this is how knots are formed. To save the heart ache of unpicking or even starting from scratch, load up 4 or 5 needles with no more than 30cm of embroidery thread. You can then simply pick up the next needle when you’ve come to the end of your stitch.
Don’t tie a knot
Tying knots at the end of your thread before you start embroidering often leads to bumps in the front of your finished embroidery project. So, instead of tying a knot, simply start your first stitch but leave 1.5 – 2cm tail at the back of your work. As you stitch make sure the backs of yours stitches are going over the tail securing it in place.
Split the threads
Embroidery thread is made up of six strands. These can be split to create a finer stitch. To split say two strands, firstly cut the thread as you normally would, then lie them on a flat surface. At the end of thread carefully separate the number of strands required. With the tips of your fingers, take the end of those strands in one hand and the remaining strands in your other hand and gently tease them apart in opposite directions to each other. You will see the strands naturally unravel.
Embroidering using a hoop is a much easier method. It allows you to keep your fabric in place but remember, when you’ve finished embroidering for the day, take the fabric out the hoop. Leaving fabric in a hoop for a significant amount of time can cause the fabric to permanently crease; this is especially frustrating when you’re working on a large project.
Practice makes perfect
If you’re not sure which stitch to embroider, practice first on a sample piece of the fabric you’re working with to see which stitch looks best. If you’re trying a stitch for the first time, practice it first before unleashing it on your masterpiece and use a colour you have plenty of, so that you’re not wasting your favourite thread.
I hope you find these tips useful. Do you have any clever embroidery tips?