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Embroidery 101: A Stitch Of Knowledge For The Beginner

by آوینا کامروا

Many individuals may have a set image in their mind about what embroidery or needlework is. The first thing that an one might think of is their grandmother's old cross stitch that has hung and faded in the living room for years. However, many do not realize the unique beauty and power that embroidery encompasses! There are possibilities to be found through this old but wonderful skill.

Three Main Types:

  1. Machine Embroidery: In today's day and age, machine embroidery is commonly used and is a much quicker way to get the job done. However, such work has a different overall look than the classic hand embroidery. Most machine embroidery will look like a stiff patch, while hand stitched work will often look more soft and original. Howerver, machine embroidery is much more efficient in producing beautiful pieces in a short amount of time.
  2. Cross Stitch: This is one of the most common hand embroidery techniques. It is accomplished by crisscrossing various threads in an "x" pattern. When complete, the small x patterns make a complete picture. When seen up close, it may not look like much, but if you take a step back, cross stitch projects can be quite the masterpiece.
  3. Crewelwork: Crewel embroidery is a great way to encompass various types of stitching into a beautiful masterpiece. It may often include some cross stitch patterns, but also includes such things as straight stitch, back stitch, satin stitch, long split stitch, french knots, and billion knots. This may all sound quite complicated at first, but given a chance, an individual can do any of these with some practice and determination. Checking out different online tutorial videos can be a great help in figuring out just how to do a certain stitch.

Starting Embroidery

When beginning your first embroidery project, take it slow. Be sure you are familiar with several different stitches before attempting to start on a final project. One option available for beginners is a kit that provides specific instructions and helpful hints. These kits can be a great way to practice various stitches and see what you really like.

For those that would like to try out a new skill or get back into old traditions, check out different cross stitch and crewelwork kits online or at your local craft store. Because much of this work is several years old, different sites or stores, like Ebay, Amazon, or Visual Effects, may be a good place to start in order to find unique kits that are no longer sold in stores.