Here at FurnishMyWay, we are all about having a fun new hobby to go back to when you need to destress. We have talked about many hobbies so far, but not embroidery!
Hello again, lovely readers! As all our regular readers know, I am a super crafty person. I love working with my hands and creating art, which is why I tend to drift towards fiber arts. Knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, quilting - you name it, I probably do it. It came to my attention the other day as I was working on an embroidery for a friend of mine that I have not really talked about hand embroidery as a hobby. Sure, as an art form like awesome thread paintings and anatomical embroideries, but not how to do it yourself. Guys. Embroidery is so much fun. Totally customizable, and you can practically stitch anything you want! Today, I’m going to go over how you can start embroidering for yourself so you can make pretty wall decor, gifts, and so much more!
Starting your own custom embroidery is very easy to do. You only need a few supplies, and you can get them at any craft store!
- An embroidery hoop
- Embroidery needles
- Embroidery floss (any colors you want for your design)
- Embroidery scissors (any small scissors will do)
- A marking pen (preferably water soluble or heat erasable)
Once you have your materials, you can search for embroidery designs! Or, do it the other way if you don’t know what colors of floss you want yet! As for picking a design, you can literally do anything! Have a pretty coloring page you want? You can totally sketch that! Want to do an original drawing? Go for it!
There are lots of stitches out there. Literally hundreds of them. But some important ones you will want to learn how to do for embroidering are these right here. From top to bottom they are: running stitch, back stitch, split stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, French knot, chain stitch, lazy daisy, feather stitch, and seed stitch. You can find some great tutorials on how to complete these different stitches here. The ones I use the most in my embroideries are back stitch, stem stitch, French knots, and satin stitch. They are all easy, and even practicing them in a hoop like the above picture can make simple embroidery designs, especially if you use variegated or different colors of thread for each stitch.
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I did say you can do just about anything for an embroidery art design, and here’s one of my favorites. I love anything coffee related, and this coffee mug embroidery hoop design is so simple and pretty. The cup itself is just a simple back stitch, but the flowers! Oh, those are done with some more complicated stitches, but you can recreate it if you want! Just google stitches and you can find this particular one, or even find others you want more. You can use the 10 stitches I showed you earlier to do just about anything, and even if it’s not the same stitch, it will still look great!
Designs like this make me happy. You can create an outline like this to use for other embroideries, like adding a phrase, word, or even names and dates. These are lazy daisies (literally using the stitch too!) with French knot centers and chain stitches used in singular form to make the leaves. It’s actually much easier than it looks. This embroidery would be great to make and show off your wedding date, birth dates of loved ones, or to give to a friend or relative with their wedding date or children’s birth dates in them. So many options!
Quirky needlework embroideries like this one are fun. Not only is this a soft pastel embroidery, it’s in the theme of a bunch of others I like. I like the embroideries that are pretty like this and use rap lyrics, or other genres of song like rock, pop, and anything that doesn’t really fit with the embroidery flowers in the design. The juxtaposition makes me happy.
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Nerdy ones are also cool! I am a huge Harry Potter nerd, so of course I was going to love this one! This would be great to make and give to one of your Harry Potter loving friends. Or, for yourself. I’m definitely not going to judge you if you make this for you. All I ask is that you send me pictures of your work!
This has so much little tiny detailing in it that I absolutely love. I have a thing for colorful embroideries, and something like this would be great for practicing stitches! The added bee button on there really makes this so cute. Don’t forget that you can add beads, buttons, glitter, whatever you want to embroideries! I love three dimensional elements in flat pieces of art like this because of how much they pop. Plus, the little bee is cute and really adds to the flower garden the artist created.
This simple solar system is one that I want to do eventually. I love that all of the planets are there (even Pluto!). It’s super cute, and would be very easy to make if you are a space fanatic. I love space, the final frontier, and this is on my list to make one day. Hopefully soon! I included this one to show off the fact that the design doesn’t have to be complicated, or have a lot of stitches. It can also be on any color of fabric.
If you are very creative, you can do something more free-form like this! These are all different stitches, done in various rainbow colors, to show off the stitches. How awesome is this? I love how great it is, and I wish I had the ability to just do something like this. I have to plan things like this out and then I can get to stitching. But, some people can do it, and if you do, again please send me pictures! I want to see!
There you have it! A fun and easy new hobby to try out if you’re interested in learning something creative. Would you ever try embroidery? Which type of design do you like best? Let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this with your friends and family. And as always, stay creative, my friends.
**Featured image via NaNeeHandEmbroidery