If you are a beginner then you might be wondering what exactly is embroidery all about. The simple answer is that it is all about beauty. All you have to do is endow your fabric with beauty in the form of embellished stitches and voila you are done with your embroidery. The interesting bit is that there is a myriad of ways in which you can embroider; each style encapsulated in its own unique beauty. When you dive headlong into the arena of embroidery, you would come across all sorts of innovative styles with the inclusion of black work, stump work, crewel etc.
However, the catch is that you can only become accomplished in these various designs if you become intimate with the basic technicalities and stiches of embroidery. The following article serves this very purpose. Hereby, you shall learn the basic tips and tools of embroidery for beginners can be found on Divine Crafts Custom Embroidery store
The Basic Definition of Embroidery
We have already stated that when you embroider, you are actually adding decorative stitches to the fabric you are working on. However, if we dug into the technicalities to figure out what precisely the so called ‘regular embroidery’ is then it is the addition of either a satin stitch or a back stitch to the fabric. This addition of stitch is generally brought about with the help of an embroidery thread made of cotton. This embroidery thread can also be termed as the embroidery floss.
Learning the Basic Embroidery Stitches
For doing any kind of embroidery, it is very essential that you acquaint yourself with few of the basic embroidery stitches. You can then build various complex and intricately beautiful designs by deploying these basic embroidery stitches.
Given below is a list of the basic embroidery stitches that you are likely to come across.
- Pulled work
- Cross stitches
- Surface embroidery
These stitches might seem too difficult or laborious to look at but you need not worry since almost all of them are quite easy and most importantly what you need to remember is that EMBROIDERY IS FUN.
- The Running Stitch
The Running Stitch is one of the most basic ones to begin with. With the help of this stitch you can aptly outline your piece of embroidery and the best part is that it is a fairly quick one. You can embark upon this basic embroidery stitch in two ways. Either, you can push your embroidery needle and floss over and into the fabric in a continuous, regular motion or you can consider pushing the embroidery needle into the fabric and then pulling it back up. The first method resembles hand sewing, while the latter one is also termed as the ‘stabbing method’.
- Back stitch
Back stitch is quite different from the running stich. It can be used both for outlining your design solidly and for embroidering text onto the fabric. Doing this stitch is simple indeed. What you have to do is pull the needle along with the embroidery floss out of the fabric and do a forward stitch. On the underside of the cloth, space out the needle for as long as you want the stitch to be, then pull it up out of the fabric. Follow this step by bringing down both the needle and the embroidery floss through the end of the stitch you have done previously.
- Split Stitch
Split Stitch is somewhat similar to a back stitch since it also creates a solid line. However, the solid embroidered line in the latter case is endowed with more texture. Owing to this very reason, it can not only be deployed to outline or to embroider texts, rather it can also be used to fill up the designs. What you have to do is pull your needle and thread up the fabric so that you end up with a straight stitch.
Next, bring up your needle and floss again from the center of the stitch you just made. Continue stitching forward for the same length as that of your first stitch. Continue repeating the process by bringing the needle up the fabric from the center of this latter stitch.
- Satin Stitch
Satin stitch is noted for its smooth appearance and for this particular reason, it can be used as a good filler for designs such as the leaves of flowers. Create a straight stitch with the help of your embroidery needle and floss. Now again pull the needle through the fabric and bring it out from the opposite side of the initial stitch that you have just made. The stitches ought to be placed near each other so that the design is filled smoothly.
- Stem Stitch
Stem stitch as the name itself indicates is the most popular stitch to embroider the stems of flowers. Moreover, since this particular stitch has the tendency to curve nicely, so it can be deployed to embroider texts as well. It is somewhat similar to the split stitch, however in this stitch you do not bring the needle up the center; instead it comes out of the side of the initial stitch.
These were just a few examples of some of the very basics of embroidery for beginners. Once you become trained in these stitches, you can bring your own variations and create exquisite pieces of embroidery. All you have to remember is that practice makes it EASY and doing it is FUN.