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Basic Embroidery Supplies for Beginners

Embroidery is such a fun, and easily accessible craft to get into, so for all you embroidery beginners, here is a list of the basic supplies you would need to start embroidering!

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What is Embroidery?

Embroidery is the art of stitching designs onto fabric. It can be a simple design or an intricate design, the level of complexity is up to you! 

Is Embroidery difficult?

Embroidery is a fun and simple craft that is easily accessible to anyone. You don’t need any sort of knowledge to begin the craft. 

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Embroidery Supplies

You really only need a few basic things to start embroidering. It’s such a fun, inexpensive hobby. I can see why more and more people are getting into it these days. So here is what you will need:

1. Fabric

Any sort of fabric will do. You can embroider something already in your house: your clothing, linens, tablecloths etc. Or you can buy some scrap fabric or tea towels to embroider on. 

The first time I embroidered, I decided to put some cute designs on my pillowcases.

Just get some fabric at your local craft store or check Amazon

2. Embroidery Needles

Yes, there are specific needles for embroidery. If you are just starting out and you already have some hand-sewing needles that aren’t too large, you could always start with those.

But when you are ready to get serious with the hobby, I suggest getting some embroidery needles. DMC is always a solid brand.

3. Seam Ripper or Scissors

Obviously, since we are working with thread and fabric, we need something to cut it with! I like a seam ripper because it’s small and handy to carry around in my little embroidery bag. 

Scissors, of course, will work just as fine. 

4. Embroidery Hoop

An embroidery is definitely a must-have as that holds the fabric for you nice and tight so you can embroider. Normal wooden hoops are very affordable. 

You can buy a whole set of different sizes for $5 on Amazon or you can get singles and sets at the craft store for a couple bucks.

5. Embroidery Thread (or Floss)

Another must-have! The tried and true brand is DMC which you’ll find online and at every craft store in existence. 

A single color spool of thread will last you a long time and each spool costs under a dollar at the store.

6. Optional: Bobbins

Bobbins are the little white holders that you tie your thread around after you take it out of the packaging. You don’t technically need them to start embroidering, but they do come in handy so you don’t have heaps of tangled thread everywhere.

Embroidery Supplies -- Pattern Transfer

Now you have all the supplies you need to start embroidering, but how do you put the pattern you want onto fabric? 

Here are a two options that can make your life easier.

1. Frixion Heat Erasable Pens

These pens are a godsend! They are easy to use for light-colored fabrics. You just put your pattern underneath and trace it on using the pen.

Once you are done embroidering, you can iron the design and the heat will erase all the pen marks.

2. Sulky Stick n Stitch

This wash away stabilizer is perfect for pattern transfering. You can print your pattern onto the stabilizer and stick it to the fabric.

Once you are done embroidering, wash away the pattern with warm water. It’s that easy!

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