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If you have already tried it, you know how relaxing it is and if you have not already tried it, I just have to learn how to embroider And that's it. It is not necessary to become a wizard, but to have perseverance and precision, a little imagination and patience. And if you don't have patience, embroidering, stitch by stitch you train it. If it's your first time picking it up needle and thread, do not be discouraged, you can start at any age and find a new pastime. For many, including myself, embroidery is also a way to do something manual that distracts me from too many "ethereal" thoughts related to a job that almost always takes place in the "virtual" world. It is an activity that forces us to stay focused in the here and now, therefore definitely mindfulness.
How to start embroidering from scratch
Let's take needle and thread but above all a little of time and patience. The older you get, the less willing you are to start learning to embroider or to start a business from scratch. It is a mental laziness that must be defeated in order to age more slowly and well.
To get some satisfaction you don't need many months and many points, the basic ones are enough and the results can already be surprising. In this activity they are rewarded regularity and constancy, much more than genius and vivacity. It is a bit of a metaphor for life, if we want to see it like this: many small apparently insignificant gestures, one after the other, create a grandiose design, a masterpiece.
Learning to embroider means learning the stitches, then just follow along drawings, patterns, patterns very often also available online and for free, as well as in trade magazines, to decorate what you want: tablecloths, bibs, towels, sheets.
One of the first points they learn is that sateen grass which allows us to create thin lines, one very close to the other that can come to compose interesting designs. So let's learn what these points are and what they allow us to achieve.
How to embroider with easy stitches
The simplest is certainly the grass point which is very often used to embroider letters or figures that can be represented with only the outline. Profiles or doilies. There is a variant called split grass point and it is more elegant and complex but nothing infeasible. We find it used above all to outline the work or even to fill and color letters and drawings.
From grass to daisy because the name of this flower is the new point we want to learn. It is an easy one and allows us to "draw" simple letters or numbers decorated with flowers and leaves that look particularly good with this style. There is also the bias daisy stitch which is even more suitable for design such as small petals, green leaves and minute designs to adorn pillows, towels, baby blankets.
How to embroider with the most complicated stitches
The difficulty grows as well as our skill and we can get to learn the knots point. This can be used for example to fill the central part of a flower and a leaf that we have made the outline. There is also the chenille stitch, even more difficult but useful, and the colonial point that can give a slightly three-dimensional spike and cross effect, very powerful.
Let's continue with our guide on how to embroider with other stitches that have their usefulness sometimes only in small parts of an embroidery. Learning them is not difficult and gives us an edge. The ermine point it is used to give thickness to our decoration and is often used for centerpieces, thickness and three-dimensional effect even with the fern point, used more than anything else for the leaves and petals if we want them to appear more real than ever.
With the boulogne point we can elegantly embroider silhouettes with a bit of body. If we are instead embroidering roses, we have to learn the steam stitch, not simple but effective. Always and only for the outlines there is also the festoon stitch, of which there are different versions, while with the written stitch we can insert precious details into our embroidery without weighing it down.
They have a particular texture, two embroidery stitches, the ear point and the spider point. The first allows us to create a real spike weave, with an extremely elegant effect. The spider stitch in turn looks like a spider and is especially useful when you want to create geometric decorations.
An important point that we have not mentioned so far is what it takes to fix the hems. Is called running stitch and it can be very useful, as well as for basting, even when we want to fix decorative applications on clothes
How to embroider and relax
As I said at the beginning of this article, embroidering even with just a couple of basic stitches is an extremely interesting activity that allows us to produce something beautiful with our hands for ourselves and for our home, but also for others. For example, I often embroider bibs and wipes for nephews and children of friends, tablecloths for aunts, and so on.
Once you have learned the simplest points, it is better to have a good book that suggests designs to be transformed into reality. Here are two of them
- In a wheat field. Alphabets to embroider
- Embroidery School