If you are looking for a fun, relaxing, and creative hobby, you may want to look into learning the art of embroidery. While it is by no means a new hobby (women in the 1800's embroidered their clothes, furniture, handkerchief, pillows, and napkins), you may find it an exciting and personal way to get out stress, as well as beautify your home. Some people may be thinking, well that is all fine and good, but what on earth do I embroider on my favorite fabrics? Well, fortunately for you, there are many hand stitch embroidery patterns on the market today. Depending on your skill level, you may want to find a set that comes with all of the materials you may need so that once you have it you can get started.
Here is a list of things you may stand in need of, depending on how familiar you are with embroidery.
There are certain types of embroidery needles that are a bit larger, longer, and come in packs of 4-5. Depending on the stitch you are trying to do, you may want a thicker or thinner needle. Since you will be pushing the needle through the fabric, you should also look for a fabric that you can easily count stitches on, while allowing adequate tension for the pattern you are creating, as well as the needle. Most people choose to use a fabric like Aida cloth.
The thread you use for embroidery is usually much thicker than sewing thread, and thus it is called floss. Floss comes in thousands of different colors, which allow for embroidery to be vibrant and unique.
An Embroidery Hoop
An embroidery hoop is essential for a good product. Your hoop will hold the fabric taut in order for you to get your stitches through cleanly.
There are many different types of patterns available on the internet. You could use a preprinted fabric, where you go over the pattern that is already visible, or you can use a pattern that makes you count stitches in order to know where to go. Whatever you choose to do, pick a pattern that really calls out to you.
In conclusion, having embroidery as a hobby can be a wonderful way to express your creativity by creating beautiful and delicate art, one little stitch at a time. Get the supplies you need and then get started today. You will likely feel decreased stress and anxiety as you participate in your new hobby, and once you finish your first you will be hooked for life. Embroidered items make a beautiful addition to any home, but you can also save money by farming them and offering them as gifts for friends, or presents for family members at Christmastime. There is really no limit to what you can create, nor what you can do with it. Find some hand stitch embroidery patterns and get started today.