Materials & Equipment
Embroidery Needle : These come in sizes ranging from 1-10. The lower the size of the needle, the bigger the eye of the needle will be. So the biggest embroidery needle is a size 10 and the smallest embroidery needle is a size 1. I typically use two embroidery needles, a size 3 (when I’m using 4 or more strands of embroidery floss) and a size 7. (when I’m using 3 or fewer strands of embroidery floss).
Embroidery Scissors : These don’t have to be anything fancy (although if you would like some magical ornate snip designs you can find some in the shop), you just want a small pair of scissors so that you can make cuts to your thread without hitting the fabric below.
Embroidery Floss : There are many different embroidery floss brands out there but I use the brand DMC. You should be able to find this embroidery floss at any craft store around the world.
Embroidery Hoop : These come in sizes ranging from 3 inches up 12 inches and more. Wood embroidery hoops are the most common and easiest to find however you can also find embroidery hoops made of plastic, rubber and metal.
Fabric : The key to choosing a fabric to embroider on is to always try to avoid stretch! When your fabric stretches it pulls on your stitches and is harder for the design to remain intact. Some of my favorite fabrics to stitch on are cotton broadcloth, linen and canvas.
Dressmaker’s Pencils : Water-soluble dressmaker’s pencils are my go-to item to trace embroidery patterns onto fabric.
Printable Water-Soluble Stabilizer : When embroidering on clothing items this item is the best way to conveniently print out and then peel-and-stick directly onto whatever you are embroidering.
EMBROIDERY HOOPS 101
In this video you will learn all about the different types of embroidery hoops available, how the embroidery hoop works, staining your embroidery hoops & closing your hoop backs.
HOW TO TRANSFER PATTERNS ONTO FABRIC WITH DRESSMAKER'S PENCILS
In this video we discuss how to easily transfer your patterns with water soluble dressmaker's pencils, recommended for embroidery hoop art.
HOW TO TRANSFER PATTERNS ONTO CLOTHING WITH PRINTABLE WATER-SOLUBLE STABILIZER
In this video you will learn how to easily transfer your patterns onto clothing items with printable water-soluble fabric stabilizer. The best part is that you can peel-and-stick the stabilizer right onto whatever you’re trying to stitch!