"Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration. "
- Niccolo Machiavelli
Most of the time, it can seem daunting when you consider the huge array of hoops, thread, scissors, etc.
Here are five tools that every hand embroidery artist should own,
Any needle can draw the best piece, but certain types of needle do some jobs better. Using the right needle will not only make embroidery less frustrating, but it will deliver better results.
There are three needles that are highly recommendable for the perfect embroidery, and those are –
Crewel Needle is a sharp-tipped needle with a medium-long eye, which is slightly larger than the shaft of the needle. It is the basic needle that is used for hand embroidery.
They are in sizes from 1 to 12, wherein one is the largest and 12 is the smallest.
Tapestry Needle has a shorter shaft than a crewel needle, but it has a much longer eye and a blunt tip. It is usually used in counted cross stitch and needlepoint because of the blunt tip that does not pierce the ground fabric.
The blunt tip makes an ideal surface for embroidery that involves whipping or lacing, as it keeps the needle from snagging the stitches.
They are in sizes from 13 to 28, with 13 being the largest and 28 being the smallest. Tapestry Needles are available in a standard and shorter length. The shorter length allows the stitcher to make the best use of embroidery thread.
The milliner needle, the straw needle has a shorter, round-eye, a very long shaft and a short tip. The eye and shaft size is the same, making it perfect for working on any wrapped stitches.
Hoops and Frames
An embroidery hoop keeps fabric taut, hence your embroidery will stay intact. It is not important for every type of stitching, but it is best for beginners who are still learning.
It is best to use plastic or inexpensive wooden hoops which work well when you are learning. When you become more experienced, you can use higher-quality wooden hoops. The good quality has sturdy brass hardware that can be tightened with a screwdriver.
You can also see several embroidery frames at the craft store.
Embroidery Scissors are quite different from craft scissors. They have small and thin blades that are sharp and pointy. They are usually 3.5 to 4” in length.
The best reason to use them is to cleanly cut those threads.
Light and Magnification
It is very important to transfer embroidery designs and for that you need good lighting. You can find a lot of options at craft and sewing stores.
On the other hand, a magnifier can help you enjoy needlework without straining your eyes. They are easily available at needlework stores and are good at miniature embroidery.
You can keep your supplies organized with light and transportable containers. You can slide the pointy scissors to protect the sharpness and other supplies.
These supplies for beginners are super easy to find and are available at local shops. There is nothing more exciting than learning new crafts and knowing new material.