This term we are working on embroidery for our handicrafts! I love hand embroidery and was excited to introduce it. I thought I would share what resources we have been using in case others are interested in trying it out!
I started the girls off with the same pattern- a heart embroidery sampler. This was great practice for learning different stitches. You can find it here. They turned out so cute.
Then, from there, they felt confident to try other patterns – we just searched Pinterest for free embroidery patterns. Some really cute ones can be found here. Etsy also has some great options, but they aren’t free.
Louisa actually wasn’t satisfied with the options, so she drew her own pattern and created her very own stitch guide. It turned out so sweet.
Here’s what you’ll need to start embroidering:
- Wooden or plastic hoop (there are different sizes- pick one that fits your project)
- Fabric pen (washable) for tracing your pattern
- Pattern of your choice
- Embroidery needles (meaning big eyes for all the floss to fit through)
- Embroidery floss (we use the DMC brand but you can use any)
- Scissors (I bought the girls small embroidery scissors that are very handy)
- Fabric (100% cotton or linen is nice, too)
- Tutorials : This is a pretty detailed tutorial on getting started. And this shows a bunch of different types of stitches (though you can always YouTube these stitches). And this is a basic intro, not as detailed as the first I mentioned but a good starting point.
Julia joined in this time around – I had her draw a simple picture and then transferred it to the fabric for her. We picked out colors and then I introduced a basic running stitch to her. She did such a good job for her first time!
After Julia finished her rainbow, she couldn’t wait to get started on another, so we found a baby Jesus pattern that she is working on for a Christmas gift. She is so proud of herself. I taught her the back stitch for this one and she caught on very quickly.
And, of course, I am working on a piece as well… this is going to be made into a pillow for Julia’s bed for Christmas.
This is the perfect time of year to sit and stitch away!