Embroidery is a very meditative hobby. The sewing supplies needed for embroidery such as embroidery thread, needles and special embroidery patterns are fairly cheap (the embroidery hoop can be the most expensive, unless you want to try goldwork) and if you like you can create charmingly naive miniatures with only backstitch or running stitch. But if you want to progress in the craft, learn new stitches or simply find inspiration for embroidery patterns, here are some of the ways to can take learning how to sew to a whole new level.
The Embroidery technique is a visual craft, so make sure any books you buy have lots of illustrations in the tutorial parts. Make sure the colours in the pictures are contrasting in your embroidery design – I have come across at least one book with good explanations and nice projects, but where the stitches were photographed with blue thread on a blue background. Some good books to get your started are:
If you are interested in learning more about specific embroidery techniques such as the herringbone stitch the Royal School of Needlework has several Essential Stitch Guides (for Goldwork, Stumpwork, Canvas Work, Blackwork, Silk Shading, Whitework and Crewelwork) as well as “A-Z of…” titles.
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Doodle stitching is fun and makes for very cute crafts. Photo credit: merwing✿little dear on Visualhunt.com
Books on learning to embroider often have a few beginner projects to get you started. But once you are finished with those, you might want to try out:
Online tutorials will walk you through different embroidery techniques, such as ribbon embroidery.
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If books are too abstract and you need a closer look into the personality of the person teaching you, but don’t have the time or the inclination to take needlework courses, why not check out some embroidery blogs? See the blanket stitch in action, learn how to embellish your designs or the delicate needlework to create the satin stitch.
Embroidery classes near you can help you connect with other like-minded people. Photo credit: average_jane_crafter on Visual Hunt
Embroidery is often done in the evenings, in the comfort of your own home. But there is no reason embroidery can’t be a social hobby; and what better way to go out and meet like-minded embroidery enthusiasts than to participate in a beginner embroidery course. You also have the added benefit of getting to use more types of equipment such as an embroidery machine and any other types of equipment you may be missing in your embroidery kit.
Don’t forget to look into your local craft stores and haberdasheries to see if they offer embroidery events in your area.
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In addition to embroidery schools and various textile and needlework centres, you can study embroidery as a university course:
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But as nice as it is to connect with the embroidering community, you might not live near anyplace that offers courses, or all the available classes clash with your scheduling. In that case, you might want to consider online emboirdery courses. Some will be at fixed times, but most operate on a module basis and let you work your modules at your own pace, turn in the work (by skype or e-mail attachment) and move on to the next.
But what is often missing in online embroidery courses in the one-on-one with the instructor, the ability to have someone look at your embroidered dress hem, pincushion or clutch bag and immediately recognise where you have gone wrong. So why not try and find a private tutor instead?
If you live near one of the institutes of higher learning that offer sewing courses, try putting up an ad on their corkboard indicating that you are looking for an embroidery teacher. Students are often eager to pass on their knowledge, and since they are still learning themselves, they are very much aware of how to present and demonstrate the various embroidery techniques and stitches.
You can also talk to people in your brick-and-mortar arts and crafts store to see if anyone embroiders and is willing to teach you; look at their flyers to see if someone is advertising embroidery courses near you.
Or why not try a skills exchange? Maybe your Facebook embroidery group or your circle of friends includes someone who would be willing to teach you embroidery if you teach them German – or Pakistani or French or cooking or singing…
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A private tutor can help you with your embroidery projects. Photo credit: lesleyhyphenanne on Visualhunt.com
And of course here on Superprof you can find a private tutor who will give sewing courses online and off for a variety of sewing techniques, from hand- to machine embroidery. You don’t need to pay to contact a professor, though there will be a small fee if you decide to take him or her. After that, any money you pay goes directly to the teacher you choose. With modern technology, you can choose to look for an embroidery teacher near you or take online classes over Skype.
There are many ways to enter the wonderful world of coloured thread and meditative stitching, so pick a method and join in making beautiful crewelwork, cross-stitch or blackwork embroidery.
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