There are plenty of embroidery supplies that you’re able to use to support your crafts and projects. They come in both non-brand and popular brand items and cover a wide range of kits, from the starter kits for beginners to kits for experts, from kits for kids to embroidery kits for adults. They are available also for all abilities and ages. These are probably the reasons why advanced stitchers tend to be tools enthusiasts.
This article provides several essential tools that are often used. The tools will be under five different aspects. They are needles, hoops, frames, threads, and other kits. The lists are jotted down below.
Needle is the most basic and necessary tool in embroidery crafts. You can use any needle to do the work, but particular types of needles can make the work much better.
Most embroidery needles come in packages of assorted sizes, like sizes 1-5, 5-10, and 3-9. It is recommended to purchase the assortments instead of single size in order to have various sizes while stitching.
Stichers, especially the beginners, must know what type of needle to use in which kind of embroidery.
1. Crewel Needle
Crewel needle is the basic embroidery kits for beginners. It is a sharp-tipped needle with a medium-long eye just a little bigger than the needle shaft. The medium-long eye is helpful to contain the embroidery threads.
While the needle sharp tip functions to help the needle pierce easily through the tight fabrics. Crewel needles are available in 12 descending sized from size 1 to 12 where 1 is the largest.
2. Tapestry Needle
Between tapestry and crewel needle, the one which has shorter shaft and much longer eye than the other is the blunt-tipped tapestry needle. The only similarity of them both is the eye which slightly larger than the needle shaft.
Its blunt tip allows the needle to pass, not pierce, through the open holes in fabric weave. Therefore, it is usually used in needlepoint and counted cross.
The blunt tip also useful in preventing the needle from ripping other stitches on the fabric, thus tapestry needle is the perfect tool in surface embroidery that implicates lacing or whipping.
Tapestry needles come in 16 sizes, from size 13 until size 28, where size 13 is the largest and 28 is greatly fine. They are also come in petite and standard length.
3. Milliner Needle
Milliner needle is a sharp-tipped one with a long shaft which has shorter eye and nearly round. Also known as ‘straw’ needle, milliner needle fits the works that involves any wrapped stitches like cast-on stitches, French knots, or bullion knots, because the eye and the shaft of milliner needle are the same size. Their same size makes milliner needle easy to pull through the wraps.
Milliner needles are available in similar sizes like crewel needles which is from size 1 through 12, though some brand offers different numbering.
Hoops are helpful in keeping your embroidery fabric nice and uptight and prevent your stitching from shriveling the fabric and therefore your work doesn’t come out vaulted.
Though hoops aren’t necessary for some stitching types, still generally they help your embroidery look the best. For beginners, hoops are extremely essential. There are multiple types of hoops on the market. You should know what’s best to use.
1. Plastic Hoops
The plastic hoops are good enough for starting out. But in the end you’ll want to swap them with wooden hoops. They are available in the style of traditional with a securing screw at the top of the outer ring.
2. Wooden Hoops
The wooden hoops themselves are divided into two types: cheaper wooden hoops you can find at local craft stores and good wooden ones. Unlike the former ones, the latter have strong brass hardware on them that can be secured with a screw driver. It makes the two rings perfectly intact.
Like hoops, frames are also useful in keeping your embroidery fabric nice and taut. However, in some stitches, it will be best to use the help from frames rather than from hoops.
Some stitches mentioned for examples are counted and pulled thread, counted cross stitch, needlepoint/canvas work, and large embroidery projects. The other benefits of using frames are they can relieve fatigue and reduce pain, especially when used along with stand so that your two hands can do the work in unison.
1. Scroll Frames
Scroll frames consist of three parts: extender bars, tightening knobs, and scroll rods. The extender bars are the pieces on the frame sides which removable from the fabric.
They are available for purchase in various lengths that determine the fabric length you work on. While the knobs are used to secure the scroll bars. The set come in wood or plastic.
2. Q-Snap Frames
This one frame is unique. Adapted from the interchangeable lengths simple concept of PVC pipe, Q-snap frames is easily assembled to your needed fabric size. The fabric is rolled around the pipe’s curve and tightly held in place using clip. No need to worry about your fabric being crinkled by a hoop or clamping it to a stretcher bar.
1. Wool Threads
Wool is made from the hair of sheep. Some qualities it has are it is curled, has different texture, elastic, and grows in clusters.
2. Metallic Threads
Metallic threads are the shiny fibers different from metal threads. While metal threads contain real metal like silver, gold, as well as pewter, and of course take a lot of your embroidery cost, metallic ones contain precious metal made of synthetic compounds which makes them more affordable.
3. Embroidery Floss
Embroidery floss is a thread composed of six strands and is available in silk, cotton, rayon, and linen. It also comes in a huge range of colors.
Embroidery floss is able to use for counted thread and cross stitch embroidery, crewel and free-style embroidery, huck embroidery, needlepoint, canvas work techniques, and punch needle.
4. Pearl Cotton
As the name implies, it is 100% cotton. Pearl cotton is sold in 4 sizes: size 3, size 5, size 8, and size 12, which each of them has different quality. This thread is a non-divisible that creates a slight raised effect.
Other Embroidery Kits
1. Stretcher Bars
They come in pairs which each bar has ‘teeth’ at each end so that it can build a frame in your needed size by slotting the bars together. And then the canvas or fabric will be tacked to the frame.
Various fabrics are available for stitching today. While fabrics themselves also use specific materials. They are linen, cotton, silk, modalis, and polyester.
Linen comes in the colors of creamy white to light tan. Cotton dyes very well as it’s extremely strong when wet. Silk is expensive yet very durable. Modal is a kind of rayon which more absorbent to water than cotton. While polyester resists to shrinking and stretching.
3. Perforated Paper
Perforated paper is a strong and heavy paper that has even grid. Though it is strong enough, it still is a paper that can crease, fold, and rip. You can do creative embroidery work on perforated paper with the help of the grids. Be very careful in needle size selection. You need a needle smaller than the paper holes. Larger needle will tear the paper.
4. Laying Tools
It is an object used to manage your stitches. Laying tools named so because it’s helpful in laying the threads flat or get them into certain position. It is helpful also in controlling your tension if your stitches are pulled too tightly.
5. Beads for Stitching Embellishments
Many stitching designers add beads to their designs as embellishment to make their works prettier. They use some techniques including canvaswork, hardanger embroidery, cross stitch, and blackwork. The beads added by the designers are more likely stitched last. But sometimes, the beads are actually included in the design process.
6. Scissors for Hand Embroidery
Embroidery scissors are different from the regular ones. The former have thinner and smaller blades. The benefit of small and sharp scissors is that they can get very close to the fabric and can do the threads cutting nicely.
Glue is one super useful tool for almost everything and so is for stitching. There are many types of glue available on store. Be it hot glue gun type, tape type, water soluble type, and else. Some glue and adhesive products that rather frequently used by needle-workers are those of Miracle Muck, Roxanne Glue, Punch-needle Fabric Glue, and Stitchery Tape.
8. Pins and Pincushions
These are also included in necessary tools you should have when starting embroidery works. Pins are needed when you need to mark certain pattern on the fabric.
Don’t you worry about the hole traces they leave, since you’re going to cover them anyway with your work. While to keep the pins neatly, you’ll need pincushion. Pincushion helps you in storing the pins so that the pins won’t scatter anywhere and become harmful objects.
9. Storage for Embroidery Projects
It’s a good idea to have storage to organize your embroidery supplies. Besides that, having a container for your embroidery is helpful in keeping your projects clean. Choose a light and portable container that lets you to bring it along.
There you have them, the essential embroidery kits to get your stitching hobby started. Hopefully this article can help you in any way. Happy embroider, stitchers!