Hand Embroidery Patterns
This is a fresh chapter on hand embroidery patterns. While all previous articles focused on more fundamental-based issues, here the focus is major issues related to hand embroidery patterns. Mastering any art becomes easier and improves your skills when you learn from mistakes and continue to work keeping some facts in mind.
Take a Moment Before Starting on Hand Embroidery Patterns
Starting to craft any hand embroidery patterns is not quite like mountain hiking. It is not quite like your everyday chores either. I have seen many people who do not even know how to tie a knot and are afraid to try to learn for fear of failure. I have seen many webpages, which are basically for adept-professionals. Beginners may just gawk at those sites and think they never can do it. Believe me, you can get there! Start our with the basics and practice. Remember – do not judge yourself by anything other than your own progress! You can learn it! You must have patience and with patience and practice you can craft anything you wish no matter how hard that hand embroidery pattern is.
Hand Embroidery Patterns Tips!
My friends, below are some tips that may help you. I have found them helpful.
- For beginners only. Consider starting with a single design project which contains only one or two types of stitches, like one flower using chain stitch/lazy daisy stitch only or a little cat/bunny using outline stitches, etc. If you take on a more complicated pattern you may mess it up and become discouraged. Practice some of the stitches first on a practice handerkerchief or bandana. Increasing the task complexity level later may help you.
- Always use embroidery hoops for any hand embroidery patterns. Without a correctly tightened fabric your stitches will not be the best.
- Remove the hoop after your crafting is finished for that day. This is especially true if you have older metal hoops. I recently found a beautiful hand-embroidered quilt square my mother had created. It was still hooped in her metal hoop. Oh no, Rust! I will try some methods of removing the rust to try and salavage the project.
- NEVER leave your needle in your fabric. I have seen many projects that have rust stains from needles left in the fabric for long periods of time. That same hand-embroidered quilt square I just mentioned also had the needle still stuck in the fabric. You guessed it! Rust from the needle too.
- Wash your hands before starting to embroider hand embroidery patterns. This will keep your fabric clean even after you are finished with it. We often do not think about possible marks or spots that can show up because of unclean hands. Some of these marks can never be removed and not all fabrics are easily washable. Please be careful!
- Purchase enough supplies for the project. It is especially important to have enough floss and thread before starting to embroider any hand embroidery patterns. If you start with inadequate supplies you may be in mid-crafting and run out. Many times after you make the trip to the store you discover the second supplies may match first.
- Iron and store the crafted pieces properly. When you are in fear of flattening your embroidery design, place the piece face down on a soft towel and iron it. Do not use too high heat, especially when the fabric contains silk thread or floss. Avoid direct sunlight on the fabric. Wash and store the pieces properly! It bears the touch of your own hands!
- Accurately follow the instructions given forany hand embroidery patterns. Inaccuracies may change your finished design totally!
The most important thing about hand embroidery patterns is they are influenced by the creativity, perseverance and uniqueness of the artists. Before you enter into the world of your own colorful bird-flowers-animals and shapes, make sure you have not overlooked the basics!
Happy day with hand embroidery patterns!