Help me get started on hand embroidery + enter to win the book Artfully Embroidered

 I love hand embroidery, and I love the book Artfully Embroidered by Naoko Shimoda.It is a beautiful book with lovely projects like accessories, home decor items, purses and tote bags.( Click on any photo and you can watch a short video review.)


Should this be my first project?
  

I talk a lot about hand embroidery and how much I love it, and I need you to help me put needle to embroidered thread.

You know how you talk on and on to your friends about how you're going to finally learn this or take that class and so on but you keep putting it off. We'll I have been talking quite a bit about my love for hand embroidery but I haven't started doing any! I just keep looking at beautiful pictures of it! Maddening really. I do know a few stitches, the last I did any was probably way back in grade school though.

So, I need your help by lending any suggestions on how to get started, what was your favorite easy project or any motivational ideas or tricks that you could give me would be super!

Or do you have an itch to learn a new technique or hobby? What's stopping you? What motivation do you need to take the plunge? Leave a comment in the section below and two people will be picked to win the copy of Artfully Embroidered by Naoko Shimoda.

And, thanks! I can't wait to see what you have to say!

Happy Embroidery!

p.s. Winners will be picked on Thursday December 11!

 

 

 

 

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I am the Online Editor for Sew Daily and I am so incredibly excited to meet everyone here on this amazing sewing community!

My first passion is garment sewing, I love vintage sewing patterns and working with knits and silks. I also get very jazzed about sewing pants and love learning couture techniques. What about you? I can't wait to get started finding out more about you and what you like to sew.

13 thoughts on “Help me get started on hand embroidery + enter to win the book Artfully Embroidered

  1. There are a few ways to start with hand embroidery, if you haven’t done it in a long time. One way is to get a small hoop and a piece of printed fabric to stretch in the hoop. Just start outlining the design with a running stitch. Soon you’ll want to make it fancier, so you can try an outline stitch. If you veer off the outline, poke your needle up from underneath, wrap your thread around your needle 3 times, and put the needle right back through the center of your wrap, and pull tight. You’ve now made a French knot and the beginning of dimensional embroidery! once you start, you will become addicted. If you did some as a kid, the basic stitches will probably come back to you!

  2. There are a few ways to start with hand embroidery, if you haven’t done it in a long time. One way is to get a small hoop and a piece of printed fabric to stretch in the hoop. Just start outlining the design with a running stitch. Soon you’ll want to make it fancier, so you can try an outline stitch. If you veer off the outline, poke your needle up from underneath, wrap your thread around your needle 3 times, and put the needle right back through the center of your wrap, and pull tight. You’ve now made a French knot and the beginning of dimensional embroidery! once you start, you will become addicted. If you did some as a kid, the basic stitches will probably come back to you!

  3. I can really understand where you are coming from. I look at quilt books and magazines for hours on end. I have numerous projects in various stages of incompletion. I have so many things I want to do, and nothing gets done.
    Last week I took out a project (a round-robin border for a friend). I won’t tell you how long it has sat in a drawer. Anyway, I actually finished it. I could have rearranged the fabrics in my border another 20 times (it was a very scrappy piano key border), but I finally made myself stop and sew it on. I took it to my (very patient) friend and she was delighted. And I felt such a sense of accomplishment (ridiculous, I know). Anyway, sometimes we have such great ideas for our projects that it is so hard to start, because we just can’t stop planning and making it better in our heads. I find it very hard to make all the choices and just get to work.

    I think vintagelearner’s advice is great, and I might just do that to get myself started on some embroidery.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  4. Well, I wrote a whole long post about how I understand you because I also keep putting things off, but it looks like it got lost in cyberspace. Anyway, I think vintagelearner’s idea is great, and I have a couple of fabrics that would be great using her method. My problem is making the choices.

    thanks for the great giveaway!

  5. Hi Jill,

    I found it easy to get started with a children’s how-to book: “Simple Embroidery (Klutz)” 2003. There are a bunch for sale on Amazon. Also, this book is coming out in July 2015 and looks really good: “The Amazing Stitching Handbook for Kids: 17 Embroidery Stitches 15 Fun & Easy Projects.”

    Lisa

  6. you know what just take a needle and floss and go to it, start with simple straight stitches and then simple stars, maybe some lazy daisies, and BAM you’re hooked! there are several sites on pinterest and you tube. I have a couple of books already, but there’s always room for more, would love to add this one to my collection!

  7. Start with something small – an embellishment on jacket, handkerchief or a wardrobe accessory. The simpler your beginning piece, the more likely you are to finish it. And once finished, that sense of accomplishment will stir you on to bigger and better things.

  8. I love to add beads when I do embroidery. Also, s good size pincushion to hold different pins with threads is nice. Good lighting is important. I still am learning but I love making lots of goodies and you will too.

  9. I love to add beads when I do embroidery. Also, s good size pincushion to hold different pins with threads is nice. Good lighting is important. I still am learning but I love making lots of goodies and you will too.

  10. Hi, the most enjoyable way to get started on embroidery is to join a class or a group of like minded friends. There is always plenty of advice on hand, lots of sharing and usually a great deal of laughter. A great mix for getting a project started or finished. Good luck and happy stitching.

  11. I embroidered as a child and into adulthood. I still embroider from time to time. I find it very soothing and relaxing. What I am really looking forward to now is passing on what I know to young people and adults.I envision a 10-15 students laughing and talking and acquiring a skill that adds beauty to the world (ie. learning skills to be proud of and connecting with others in a non digital way)
    I recently started a sewing school to focus on teaching sewing basics (Suzuki style-if you know what that means. If not Google Dr. Suzuki and violin.) This means thoroughly thought out teaching points that are focused on the best ending possible. So a student can learn to sew and not have a lot of things to re-learn when entering the field of Fashion Design. or just knows haw to produce quality work. This is much more than ‘Projects” and “Quilting” whose skill base is also greatly supported in any list of sewing skills.

  12. I love learning new techniques. Often it just takes getting out the supplies or looking at pictures of a final project to get me started. My biggest impediment is time with working full-time and having a small child.

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