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Getting into embroidery during lock down

We are all looking for things to do during this lock down period. I have intended to get back to embroidery for some time. We did it at school and my mother taught me how to do it well. She used to embroider beautiful table cloths that came out for special occasions. I wish I still had them today. Embroidery is a craft that has stood the test of time and anyone can do it with a little practice.

Tools for embroidery

You need a needle and thread to get started. Ideally you have needles with different sizes of eye to allow for different sizes of thread. Then you can make good use of an embroidery hoop in plastic or wood. I prefer wood as that is what I had in my childhood.  A friend of mine uses plastic when she is working on embroidery and then a wooden one for display purposes. The hoop or ring comes in two parts and you put the fabric between the larger and smaller circles. You can choose when it comes to fabric from quilting cotton, linen, and canvas.  It helps to have a special pair of scissors. You are also advised to get a water soluble pen to mark out designs on your fabric. The next exciting step when you have your equipment in place is to choose a fun embroidery design to work on.

Embroidery files

If you are seeking wonderful inspiration for craft projects of the embroidered variety, had over to Design Bundles for loads of embroidery designs from unicorns to family trees. There really is something for everyone. Design Bundles is your go to website when you are keen to make gifts from pictures to hang on the wall to pouches for cosmetics. It’s a really lovely time to send gifts to your loved ones as we all need to keep our moral up in these testing times. Creative projects are also very good for our own self-care and mental health.

Embroidery projects

A zipper bag can be the perfect gift for your friend or loved one, and an embroidered one might even be more perfect. Pop over to Design Bundles to find a Zipped folder with files of the embroider zip bag and instructions. It only works if you have an embroider machine so I hope you do. You will receive formats in the following categories once purchased JEF, PES, HUS, EXP, DST, VIP, VP3, XXX.

An embroidery hoop ornament can be super attractive. This bundle comes as 1 high quality flattened JPEG file once purchased. It is a mock-up that allows crafters to craft out their ornaments without needing to have Photoshop or any other expensive photo-edit software.

You never know if you really get into embroidery you might want to launch your own arts and crafts business. You can sell your creations on platforms like Etsy.

Are you a fan of embroidery? Do you have any top tips to share with my readers who are just starting out on their embroidery journey?

 

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