I would sit and watch my granny embroider with fascination. I think that’s where my love for needlecraft began. Of course, I’m limited to a few that I love to do … she could do everything. One of her favorite was embroidery. In this post we’ll talk about a few of the embroidery tools and supplies you’ll need to get started.
Embroidery is not an expensive hobby and requires a few low budget tools. Below is a list of the most important tools and supplies you need for embroidery.
Embroidery requires you to work with different threads that are parallel, not twisted. When you first pick up a spool of embroidery thread, you will find that it has six fibers twisted together to make one thread. The first step in any embroidery project is separating those threads into three two-strand sets and wrapping them on a bobbin. But first, you need laying tools that will keep the thread flat while you work. The most basic tool is a bodkin, also known as a tapestry needle.
When gathering your embroidery tools and supplies don’t forget the pincushion. When you are embroidering you do not want to lose needles or pins. Possibly stepping or sitting on them is a thought no crafter wants to think about, either (ouch). These thin needles can be difficult to find once dropped. A pincushion is used to stow the needles so you do not lose them. You can also keep them threaded for quick access to the different colors you need during a needlepoint project. Some crafters choose to make their own pincushions while others purchase pre-made items from the craft store.
A needlebook is used to keep your embroidery needles together and protected. These little books have two or three pages of soft fabric which the needles are pinned into. There is a specific page for each needle and each size to help crafters stay organized.
Thread palettes are made of wood or plastic. Each one has several holes in it that are used to hold threads you are using to embroider.
Keeping your threads organized is essential with embroidery. There can be hundreds of different colors accumulated over the years of practicing your craft. A thread organizer is a small box that is similar to one used for fishing lures. You can place each of your colored threads that have been wound on the plastic bobbins into the boxes and organize based on their color number.
Every crafter needs a tape measure for measuring spaces with embroidery crafts.
Drafting tape is similar to masking tape, but not as sticky. It is used to keep the edges of your needlework together while you complete the stitching.
How my granny would have loved to have a lighted magnifier in your embroidery tool chest! Embroidery is an intricate art that often requires added light that is centered on the craft and/or magnification. Using a lighted magnifier that clamps onto your craft loop will make it easier for you to see the work you are crafting without squinting.
Decorative accents that are used to add a whimsical touch to your crafts are also a necessary item when embroidering.
As you can see there are quite a few embroidery tools and supplies you will need. So, take the afternoon off and head to your local craft or fabric store — or better still, browse through eBay or Amazon for embroidery tools and supplies at discounted prices.