I’m breaking down another barrier between you and your first stitching project. After today you will know what you need to start stitching, so no more excuses about not knowing what supplies to choose. Are you ready? Here are my favorite supplies that would make a fantastic starter kit for you.
Needles – Any embroidery needle will do, but I prefer John James embroidery needles.
Embroidery floss – I learned how to stitch using DMC floss so I’m a bit biased. There are all kinds of threads that you can learn to stitch with, but I stick to good old DMC. There are a ton of colors and you can find them at local craft store or online at Herrschners.com. An assorted color pack is a great way to start with a variety of colors. You can also grab the new DMC color assortment.
Fabric – My favorite fabric to stitch on is kona cotton white, but the good news is you can stitch on just about anything. Vintage sheets, scraps of fabric, t-shirts, jeans, anything that might need some cute stitchy details!
Embroidery hoops – I prefer wooden embroidery hoops from 4 inches to 7 inches. They are easy to hold, keep the fabric nice and tight, and the size of the project won’t overwhelm you. Here’s one option for wooden embroidery hoops, but they can also be found in a local craft store.
Scissors – Obviously you can use whatever scissors you have on hand, but I am an embroidery snips convert. I have to find my scissors before I start stitching because they make it so much easier. I bought mine at a local quilt shop so I don’t remember the brand, but you can find DMC Embroidery Scissors and also Gingher, who makes my favorite fabric shears.
Fabric pen or pencil – To trace patterns I switch between a disappearing ink pen and a regular pencil. If I know I’m going to be finishing a pattern within a day or two I use the pen, if it will take me longer than that and I know the marks will be hidden I use a pencil.
Stitch Dictionary – My absolute favorite book to learn stitches is Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches. I have a vintage edition, but the new edition with colors is super easy to follow. There are hundreds of stitches shown in this book, it will keep you busy for a long time.
I hope this helps you navigate the wide range of embroidery tools available so you can start finding relaxation through stitching today.
Do you have any embroidery tool must haves? Tell me about them below.