Wednesday

Embroidery 101 – Tools: Needles

It’s time to start our embroidery class! I am planning on posting once per week a series on embroidery. We will of course begin with the basics. After we discuss the tools of embroidery, I will then begin posting short video’s showing you examples on how to do many of the stitches. You may want to choose a piece of fabric to do all of your sample work on, so that you have this as reference in the future –or to make your own sampler to hang on the wall. If you have questions, or suggestions feel free to send me an email. So, let’s begin!

Embroidery 101 – Tools: Needles 
Using the correct needle, as in any other form of sewing is important when doing embroidery. I have listed needle sizes below. Each needle size reflects the type of fabric and embroidery you should use it for. As you can see, the larger needle size equals a smaller eye in the needle. The smaller the number usually means the needle is longer and bulkier.

  • Size 10: Used for fine embroidery techniques on tightly woven fabrics. This is a very fine needle with a small eye. One or two strands of floss, silk thread, or sewing cotton are suitable.
  • Size 9 and 8: Used for fine embroidery and sewing. Two strands of floss or Perle Cotton thread No. 12.
  • Size 7: Used for fine embroidery and sewing. Two – three strands of floss and Perle Cotton thread No 8.
  • Size 6 and 5: Used for coarser embroidery techniques on tightly woven fabrics. One – two strands of crewel wool or metallic threads.
  • Size 4: Used for other course embroidery techniques worked on tightly woven fabric. Three strands of crewel or perle cotton.
  • Size 3, 2 and 1: Used for coarse embroidery techniques worked on tightly woven fabric.

16 reviews:

Margins. said...

Wow. Such a great idea! I'm going to have to tell a buddy of mine about your embroidery sessions. She has been wanting to learn for some time now.

I missed you Waterrose! I had been neglecting blogs for quite some time but no more! I'm all caught up with yours :)

Yay!

A Punkin Card Company said...

Thanks! So sweet.

picciolo said...

very useful info, I'll be back for the next instalment!
: )

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Christie said...

Great idea, Waterrose! Hope your series goes well!!

femputer said...

Ohh, yay! I can't wait to try some embroidery. :D

Helen said...

Oh this will be so much fun! I am a wanna-be embroider. My work looks okay on the front but the back looks like a thread toronado.
Thanks for posting this!

ThePeachTree said...

Very nice! See this is what I need set up for me in the crocheting genre :)

Morning Artist said...

Great idea. I'll be a regular for sure, I've been wanting to try embroidery for the longest time. It's just that my hands are constantly busy doing other crafts :)

savonara said...

Love this idea, will have to follow along.

espionage said...

Yay! We get to learn from the best!

Joey & Aleethea said...

What an awesome idea. Thanks for posting this at our EtsyBloggers message board. I've always admired and loved the look of hand embroidery vs. machine.

Mrs.Kwitty said...

What a wonderful idea to do blog posts on--embroidery is such a lovely pasttime--and its great to encourage more to try their hand at it!
Smiles, Karen

A Fanciful Twist said...

I think I got here at just the perfect time!!! A fun class!! Yippeee ;)

Bethany said...

Thanks for the entrecard drop. Your embroidery is beautiful!

woolies said...

OOO have to go back and read carefully....I sort of embroider - not like you!!!
:0)

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