Embroidered project

How to get started with the Joys of Embroidery

Advantages to Embroidery

  Embroidery is a wonderful choice for a fun and artistic hobby! It is great because it can be useful and/or decorative. If you like art and color mixed with a form of sewing, then this might be for you!

Getting Started

In this article, I will attempt to layout the foundation for learning embroidery. I will walk you through a simple project that should give you an understanding of the concept. Let’s get sewing!

Materials Needed

  • Fabric (Usually Cotton or Linen)
  • A Needle
  • An Embroidery Hoop
  • Embroidery Floss
  • Scissors
  • A Pattern

Preparing your Fabric

  First, you need to prepare your fabric for use. For most fabrics it is recommended to wash before use, however, I usually just start my project. Now it’s time to get a pattern! You can choose whether you want to create your own pattern with a pencil or buy an iron-on transfer pattern at the store. For beginners, I recommend a transfer pattern. Transfer patterns are simple and clear. Plus, the ink is designed to wash out of the fabric. Follow the instructions on package to apply pattern to fabric. Finally, center your pattern in the hoop and secure it. Now you are ready to get started!

Needle and Thread

Embroidery floss, unlike regular thread, usually has six strands in one. To start, separate the strand in half, with three smaller strands in each part. Now, once that you have your thread, pull it through the eye of the needle. Pull it to about two-thirds of the remaining side. Now, knot the end of the longer strand. I usually knot it two or three times, just to be safe.

Basic Stitches

Did you know that Embroidery is mentioned in the Bible?

In the book of Exodus, God gave specific instructions for the coats that Aaron and his sons were to wear. God commissioned, Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, and Bezaleel, son of Uri, to embroider the garments. Not only were they supposed to be embroidered, but they were to use thread in the colors of blue, purple, and scarlet. The fabric that they were to embroider on was woven very carefully, according to God’s command. At the hem of the robes, were woven pomegranates. Clearly, we serve a creative and artistic God!

To learn more about this subject read,

Exodus 28:31-41Exodus 35:34-35, & Exodus 38:22-23

Questions About Embroidery

Is Embroidery and Sewing the same thing?

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