Learn to Stitch! Part 1 all about embroidery supplies

learn to stitch all about embroidery supplies

Well my my, it has been sometime since I posted last! I kinda got out of the habit of blogging and I kept putting things on the long finger so to speak, but here I am!

Kicking off today with a little mini stitchy series, on all things hand embroidery.  This is a series of 4 posts that I have broken down into little sections.  In today's post, I an chatting about supplies and my recommendations, so please read on.  Next week, I will be posting on pattern transfer methods, so see you then !


So you want to learn embroidery, not sure where to start or what supplies you need.  I get asked a lot about the supplies and tools I use. 

To get started with hand embroidery, you really don't need a lot to get stitching, a hoop, needle, fabric & thread are the basics.  I put together a little list, have a read below.

►100% cotton fabric or try a mix of linen/cotton. Anything that has a close weave, you don’t want anything too lose or stretchy. Even old pillowcases can be a great starting point.

►Cotton embroidery floss (6 strands) I mostly use DMC, but Anchor is another option and both are widely available & are of good quality. Later on when you get comfortable, you can try some speciality threads.

►Embroidery hoops, they are many types available, wooden ones, plastic ones and vintage type ones ..... if you can get your hands on them. Some are great and not so great. Elbese are a good brand, they are the wooden type.  The Susan Bates hoops are another one I use, these ones are plastic, but they are quiet sturdy and have a lip that helps catch the fabric. You can also get square frames & these can be useful too.

►Scissors, a small sharp pair & keep it handy or you can use a steam ripper.

►Needle threader, these can be useful if you find it difficult to thread your needle, otherwise, give the thread a lick and slot it through the eye.  Works for me!

►Embroidery needles, get a mix of various sizes. Try using a needle with the smallest eye you feel comfortable with to begin.  If you want to use all 6 strands of thread, I find a size 8 tapestry needle good as the eye is large enough to fit all 6 strands of thread easily. Here's a handy little chart for reference.

Embroidery Needle Size Chart
Strands                Needle Size
5-6                          5
3-4                          7
2-3                          8
1-2                          9

►Transfer pens, I use fine point water soluble pens mostly. Clover is a good brand to try for these. You just mist some water onto the fabric after stitching or try a water pen to remove any markings. You can always use a light pencil, just make sure you stitch over any pencil markings.

►White felt or card (optional) for backing your hoop.  You can always leave the back open & show off your work.  I prefer it closed !

►Stabiliser (optional) a light weight type can help support the fabric & can hide the stitches at the back if you are using a light coloured fabric.  I use the iron on type.

►Hot glue gun and glue sticks or some form of glue for gluing down the fabric to the hoop, when you are ready to hoop up the back.

►Iron and ironing board.


Your local craft shop should have these items, but if you want to buy online, I would recommend the following and have personal experience in using them.


Is there anything I missed? or would you like to query something?, get in touch or leave a comment below!  

Till next time!


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