Learning to embroider

All the embroidery ideas, but no gear? We’ve rounded up the top embroidery supplies for beginners, to have you stitching in no time! Knowing where to start can be intimidating at first, but all it takes is a needle and thread, some of your favourite fabric and a sturdy hoop to get going. Soon you’ll have mastered the basics with the help of your new sewing stash! 

1. Embroidery needle 

 

In theory, you can use any needle for embroidery. But we recommend using one designed for crafting beautiful embroidered creations. Not only are embroidery needles easier to thread due to their larger eyes, but they also have sharp tips to help pass through thick fabric. 

Which needle size to use depends on the thickness of thread you are using. So, as a beginner, getting yourself a multi-pack of different sized needles is a good idea. This will give you the freedom to stitch as delicate or as a bold as you like!

  • Hemline 16 Embroidery/Crewel Needles (Sizes 3-9)

    Hemline 16 Embroidery/Crewel Needles (Sizes 3-9)

  • Hemline Embroidery/Crewel Needles -Size 5-10

    Hemline Embroidery/Crewel Needles -Size 5-10

2. Embroidery thread

 

There are many types of thread out there in the embroidery world, from silk to rayon, and perle to metallic (you can even use ribbon or yarn!). Most embroidery patterns recommend using stranded thread. Stranded threads are perfect for beginners! Made up of six separate strands, you can experiment with the thickness of your stitch. A multi-pack of good quality thread will set you up nicely for any and all embroidery projects. This 16 skein set from Paintbox Crafts comes in a special beginners shade with a perfect range of colours. You can also buy individual Paintbox thread skeins if you have your heart set on one in particular.

  • Paintbox Crafts Stranded Cotton 16 Skein Colour Pack

    Paintbox Crafts Stranded Cotton 16 Skein Colour Pack

    100% Cotton, 30g (1.1oz)

  • Paintbox Crafts Stranded Cotton 200 Skein Colour Pack

    Paintbox Crafts Stranded Cotton 200 Skein Colour Pack

    100% Cotton, 400g (14.1oz)

  • Paintbox Crafts Stranded Cotton

    Paintbox Crafts Stranded Cotton

    100% Cotton, 2g (0.08oz)

3. Fabric 

 

When it comes to fabric, if you can get a needle through it, you can embroider it! Old denim jeans or t-shirts can really come into their own with a bit of embroidery. Fabric scraps are great too for practising as a beginner. For a nice, new project, fabric might be the best canvas to start off with, as it allows you to clearly see your design. Tight woven materials, such as linen or quilting cotton, are a great choice.

  • Zweigart 32 Count Belfast Linen 19in x 27in

    Zweigart 32 Count Belfast Linen 19in x 27in

    100% Linen

  • Trimits Fat Quarter Bundle - Seaside

    Trimits Fat Quarter Bundle - Seaside

    100% Cotton

4. Embroidery hoop

Hoops hold your material taut and make it much easier to push needles through. There are many sizes and shapes of hoops to choose from, as well as wooden or plastic hoops. Which size and shape you use depends both on what you’d like to use and the size of the project. Round wooden hoops, oval hoops, cute painted hoops - so much choice for your next embroidery creation!

  • DMC Oval Hoop 18 x 24cm

    DMC Oval Hoop 18 x 24cm

  • DMC 6" Round Painted Embroidery Hoop - Pink

    DMC 6" Round Painted Embroidery Hoop - Pink

  • Groves Non-slip Embroidery Hoop Set (4pcs)

    Groves Non-slip Embroidery Hoop Set (4pcs)

5. Embroidery scissors

Embroidery scissors are perfect for making small snips in your threads! You’ll find these small, cute scissors  are an essential part of both beginning and finishing off your patterns, as well as trimming throughout.

  • Milward Scissors: Embroidery: 10cm: Neon Yellow - 10 cm

    Milward Scissors: Embroidery: 10cm: Neon Yellow - 10 cm

  • Hemline Stork scissors

    Hemline Stork scissors

6. Needle minder

Misplacing your needle in the middle of a project can be one of the most frustrating parts of embroidery - beginner or pro, we’ve all been there! Which is why a needle minder is a stash essential.

  • Paintbox Crafts Made by Me Needle Minder

    Paintbox Crafts Made by Me Needle Minder

  • Hawthorn Handmade Tea & Biscuits Magnetic Needle Minder

    Hawthorn Handmade Tea & Biscuits Magnetic Needle Minder

7. Storage box

Keep your threads in check and your fabrics organised with a storage box. Sewing boxes work just as well for embroidery tools as they do for sewing. A smaller thread box is also super handy for keeping thread from becoming a tangled mess!

  • Hemline Embroidery Thread Box - Large

    Hemline Embroidery Thread Box - Large

  • Hobbygift Floral Garden Large Sewing Box 

    Hobbygift Floral Garden Large Sewing Box 

  • RTO Yarn Holder - Rectangular Printed Cat Orange

    RTO Yarn Holder - Rectangular Printed Cat Orange

8. Transfer tools 

Whether you are creating your own design or following a pattern, transferring your pattern onto fabric before you start can make all the difference to your finished product. A fabric pen or pencil is an easy and temporary way of transferring your design onto fabric without damaging it. Tracing paper is also a handy tool when you want to mark out a pattern.

  • Clover Pencil: Water Soluble: White (3)

    Clover Pencil: Water Soluble: White (3)

  • Hemline Vanishing/Wipe Off Fabric Marker Pen

    Hemline Vanishing/Wipe Off Fabric Marker Pen

  • DMC Transfer Paper

    DMC Transfer Paper