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Embroidery Tools and Supplies

EmbroideryI 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.

Laying Tools

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 Palette

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.

Thread Organizer

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.

Tape Measure

Every crafter needs a tape measure for measuring spaces with embroidery crafts.

Drafting Tape

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.

Lighted Magnifier

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.

77 Responses to “Embroidery Tools and Supplies”

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  2. Thanks for the post 🙂

  3. Hi! Embroidery gives me many hours of pleasure. Very valuable tips on this post! It’s the little ideas that make the biggest shift. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Masako Balbi says:

    I’d have to agree having good quality tools means the end project will look far more professional than someone using cheap tools and supplies.Good info in this post. Thanks!

  5. declutter says:

    Good post. I agree a thread organiser is an absolute must. Nothing worse than finding all your threads mixed up and tangled…been there done that!

  6. Kimberli says:

    You have a great crafting blog here! Crocheting has been a favourite past time of mine for longer than I care to remember. Always good to read new information.

  7. A good list compiled here. Embroidery is one of the more difficult craft hobbies but worth persevering with.

  8. TOMS Shoes says:

    Glad to be one of the visitors on this awesome web site : D.

  9. Eleanor says:

    Good list you’ve compiled here! I like to keep all my embroidery gear in a soft sided zipped bag that I can take anywhere. Suits me!

  10. Glenda says:

    Nice article. Thanks goodness for the thread palette for keeping everything organised and tidy.

  11. Melissa says:

    Hi there!

    Thanks so much for posting about what I need to get started with embroidery. It was just what I was looking for.

  12. Trudie O says:

    We were surprised at the extremely valuable content we found here about embroidery, thank you, nice effort.

  13. If you’re going to put all that effort into your embroidery it is worth spending extra money on good quality fabric to embroider onto : D.

  14. I liked reading your post about embroidery. It gave me food for thought thanks!

  15. Sheila says:

    This is awesome! Clear, concise and educational.

  16. Thanks for sharing good information here. It was what I was looking for to help me get started with embroidery.

  17. Marie Hanson says:

    An interesting blog post – embroidery is an inexpensive hobby as you can easily reuse unused thread on other projects.

  18. Howdy! Nice post you’ve written here about embroidery. Thank you!

  19. Violet Hanford says:

    Good list in your write up…tweezers come in handy sometimes too.

  20. Rosanne says:

    Interesting post you have written here. Getting all the supplies sorted at the start leads to less frustration so worth getting sorted.

  21. Emily Baker says:

    A good tip my Mom taught me is if you lose a needle or pin in carpet and you cannot find it, simply run a magnet over the carpet and it will pick it up…cool eh! 🙂

  22. Bridget Harper says:

    Basic things that one needs to know about knitting is often overlooked for the newcomer so well done for thinking to include this on your blog.

  23. I’m an avid felter so it made sense to make my own pin cushion from an old piece of felt that I had stored away and added some embroidery to it to pretty it up 🙂

  24. Jackie Houston says:

    Thanks goodness for the lighted magnifier when your eyes aren’t as good as they used to be…I must be getting old 😉

  25. Liz Holmes says:

    I’m not sure if you listed scissors, they’d be in the “essential” basket!

  26. What can I say other than a job well done writing about tools and supplies for embroidery. 🙂

  27. Jessy Parkin says:

    I’m in awe of your writing on this topic about knitting. If you want to make something extraordinary then you need the right tools, it’s the same with any sort of creation.

  28. Cynthia Palmer says:

    Embroidery is relatively cheap but if you go down the path of cross stitch and want to pay for your work to be framed it can costs a small fortune I’ve found.

  29. Gaylene says:

    Thanks for your fascinating article. For the life of me I don’t understand why thread manufacturers don’t produce thread in 3 strands instead of 6!

  30. Hello my friend! I wish to say that this article on embroidery was well worth the read. One point about embroidery I love is that you can embroider what ever you’re into such as flowers if you like gardening, the zodiac signs if you’re into astrology etc….do you know what I mean?

  31. Eleanor says:

    Lovely embroidery article. Such a shame this skill is no longer past down from generation to generation.

  32. Thanks for your article. My Gran too used to embroider. One year she hand embroidered each of us a handkerchief with our own initial on it. I treasured it especially after she’d gone.

  33. florenta says:

    First time visiting your site. I really get your passion about embroidery. I’m still learning this craft and finding my way.

  34. I enjoy the article about embroidery – do you think you could write also about the different embroidery stitches perhaps?

  35. Keep up the great informative articles you have here. I especially enjoyed this one about embroidery tools/supplies.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Fantastic post here. As an avid embroiderer I’m looking forward to reading more about embroidery in the near future 🙂

  37. Ania says:

    Regards for all your efforts that you have put in this article on embroidery tools etc. Good luck!

  38. My philosophy is that you can never have too many tools. I’m sure you’d agree LOL!!!

  39. Hi! Great post all about embroidery and tools needed! 🙂

  40. Mary says:

    There’s one thing for sure you have to have tools to complete the knitting project!

    In appreciation,

  41. Kelvin Bors says:

    I value your blog. Having the correct tools for the job is essential if you want to succeed with your embroidery project. Job well done!

  42. Samoa Tours says:

    A handy post about embroidery tools. Thanks for taking your time to write this.

  43. Muchos Gracias on your wonderful article posting about embroidery tools.Really happy! Awesome.

  44. cuffia says:

    Hi! Great post! 🙂 The lighted magnifier is a great suggestion that I’ll take on board.

  45. Anonymous says:

    What can I say other than great info here about embroidery.

    Well done!

  46. headset says:


    I agree with your post on tools that are required. I couldn’t be without my thread organiser or I would have one heck of a knotted mess on my hands.

    Great post! 🙂

  47. Just washed my very first embroidered tablecloth and its not looking too good. Maybe time to make a new one. That is if I can remember how. Thanks for the post.

  48. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Great post! 🙂 My nanna has given me her old embroidered tablecloths that are ancient as.I feel really priveliged.

  49. Soraya says:

    Hi! Great post about embroidery supplies! 🙂

  50. Interesting post on what knitting tools are required. Am I unusual or do most people have several knitting projects on the go at one time. I live in hope of finishing them all one day 🙂

  51. Olivia Adams says:

    Good list you’ve compiled here. Some embellishments can be purchased in packets at a chain craft store. They’re very good quality too.

  52. For the first time I’m working on a black and white cross stitch. I normally go for bright or pastel colors. Simple yet elegant. Thanks for posting.

  53. Paula says:

    Hi! Great post bout embroidery! 🙂

  54. Josephine says:

    Hi! Great post! Awesome crafting hobby for creating, enjoyment, & relaxing 🙂

  55. Maddy says:

    I hardly leave remarks, but I enjoyed reading the post about embroidery tools. I’m just getting started so really useful to note.

  56. beanie says:

    One vaulable point I have learnt about embroidery is that there’s different standards of thread that can be used. Some brands are better than others, the poorer brands can be very frustrating with twisting and tangling.

  57. Lovely just what I was searching for about embroidery tools.Thanks to the author for taking the time to write.

  58. Cari Parnell says:

    Enjoyed this! At least once you’ve bought the tools such as the lighted magnifier, you have them for a long time

  59. K Fowler says:

    Nice work. You are correct, embroidery is not an expensive hobby. Also any left over thread from a project does not go to waste because it can be easily used on future projects.

  60. The tools suggested are basically a must for anyone embarking on learning embroidery skills. The local haberdashery store can usually supply what is required. Best of luck!

  61. The needlebook you mentioned can also be a fun hand craft in itself by making your very own and decorating it with your initials.

  62. Carol says:

    Traveling and getting inspiration from the best places in the world for hand embroidery such as Italy’s Amalfi Coast keep my enthusiasm alive for continuing with interesting embroideries on tablecloths that make exciting gifts. Thanks for an inspiring post.

  63. Penny Friar says:

    Special memories indeed of Grandma in her rocker on the front porch leisurely doing her needlework many years ago. She produced some incredible projects.

  64. I really appreciate this blog on handcraft.Much thanks all over again. Amazing.

  65. Sandra says:

    A great summary of essential tools for embroidery : D.

  66. Great read…Compared to the old days we’re so lucky to have decent tools available that make the job of crafting easier!

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