Embroidery Supplies

The Messy Brunette | embroidery supplies for beginners

So you want to get started with embroidery, but not sure what supplies or tools you need.  This is just a general list of embroidery supplies that I recommend to have, nothing too fancy !

 ►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 and leave a comment below!  


Till next time!



embroidery supplies for the beginner
Please click on the links below for more information on:

Pattern transfer methods
Stitchy tips
Finishing your Hoop