Last week I asked you what your biggest struggles are when it comes to embroidery...here are some of the more practical ones that came up frequently
Number 1: Drawing
Drawing on the fabric can be pretty daunting, especially when you're afraid to ruin the fabric you just spent your hard earned cash on.
If you can, practice on scraps like old bedclothes to get used to it before diving in. Having the correct pens or pencils also helps.
You can learn more about drawing tools by clicking here
Number 2: Threading the needle
This is something absolutely EVERYONE struggles with at some point!
There are lots of different tips and tricks out there, so find one that works for you. Also, did you know there's threaders specifically for embroidery? You can find them here: https://www.bealice.ie/product-page/needle-threaders-for-embroidery
Number 3: Lighting
The lighting has to be pretty good to see all those tiny stitches. Obviously daylight is best, but that's not always possible.
There are some excellent lamps out there for all budgets. Whether you want one for your sitting room or a portable fold-up light, it will make all the difference! I sell some in the shop or you can look up 'daylight lamps'.
Number 4: What to stitch
Finding the right kit or pattern can be difficult enough, but when it comes to creating your own designs where do you start?
When I'm struggling for a new idea I spend hours scrolling or flicking through books. Not just looking at embroidery, but all sorts of things. You never know when inspiration will hit. But instagram and pinterest are a good place to start!
Number 5: Thread knotting
It's one of those frustrating things that we have to put up with from time to time. But there are some ways to help prevent it.
Shorter lengths of thread won't get twisted and tangled as frequently. Also, if you let the thread hang and unravel itself every so often that can help too.
At the very least, now you know you're not alone in your struggles!
I hope my small pieces of advice were able to help too though. Or maybe you have your own advice or experiences to share? Let me know in the comments