Hand embroidery basics

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In this blog post:

The basics:

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Put fabric in a hoop

Split strands of embroidery floss

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Thread a needle

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End your thread

Whip stitch around the back. You don’t need to tie a knot, that will just add bulk.

Tie a knot – the fancy way

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Start your thread without a knot on the back

Weigh down your hoop – to have both hands free

You can use a pile of books or a brick wrapped in fabric to hold your hoop in place.

Put your hoop on the edge of a table with about 1/3 on the table and 2/3 overhanging the table. Put the weight on top and it will hold your hoop steady.

Why? It can be easier to do some stitches when you have both hands free. Give it a try and see if it works for you.

Share your tips and tricks in the comments

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I'm a dye hard fan of textile history and come from a family of crafters. I'm interested in learning more about embroidery by trying out age old techniques with a contemporary twist. I hope you enjoy looking through my projects and that they inspire you to give stitching a try!

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