You spoke and we listened! Our first “Pre-Beginner” embroidery kit is perfect for those who want to learn to embroider but don’t yet know how to sew. In this kit you will learn about embroidery thread, starting stitches, stopping stitches, as well as the basics of hand stitching. If you’re new to embroidery and/or sewing, this is the kit for you! Added bonus, it’s perfect for getting your kids away from screens and helping them learn a new important life skill this summer!
When you first get your kit and remove your supplies from the package you will find:
- Clear carrying case
- 6″ Wooden Embroidery Hoop
- Size 8 embroidery needle
- 10″ x 9″ piece of cotton broadcloth with patter pre-printed on it
- 5 strand DMC Embroidery floss in these colors
- Stitch Guide
- Stitching Instructions
To get started you will unfold the fabric and center the pattern in the hoop. To help get the pattern centered in the hoop we have included a dashed guide to show you where the hoop should be. Loosen the screw on the hoop (without fully removing the screw). Then separate the inner and outer hoops and place the inner hoop on a hard surface. Lay your fabric over the inner, smaller hoop. Lay the outer hoop over the top and sandwich the fabric between the two wooden frame pieces. Re-tighten the screw and pull the fabric in every which direction until it is taught.
*Click on any of the photo’s in this post to make them larger and see more detail*
Next you will unwind one length of the yellow floss. The strands of floss included in this kit have been pre cut for you into an 18” piece and wound around a cardboard bobbin to help you keep your floss organized while you stitch. Embroidery traditionally uses only 3 threads of the 6 included in each length of floss so separate the strand into two sections with each section containing 3 strands each.
Thread your needle and tie a knot at the end. Trim any thread tail left after the knot so it looks like this:
The pattern of the rainbow has the stitch lengths designed into it for you. You will start with the outer most arch of the rainbow and work toward the smallest, inside arch. To stitch the rainbow you will use a technique called a basting stitch.
bring your needle up from the backside of the thread just south of the first blue dash mark. Then you will bring the needle back down through the fabric at the end of the first dash mark. Your needle and thread are now again at the back of the embroidery. You will then bring you needle up just at the start of the second dash mark, and back down through the fabric at the end of the second dash mark. Continue in this way for the whole arch. Having the dash marks on the pattern for you to follow will help get used to making all your stitches the same length. One thing that will make your embroidery look more professional is the ability to keep a consistent stitch length throughout your design. Eventually you will be able to do smaller stitches as well, but don’t worry about that in this kit. Just work on keep your stitches uniform in size.
When you have completed the first arch, you will need to end your thread so you can switch to your next color. To end a thread, you will turn your design over so you are looking at the underside of your embroidery project. Next, run your needle and remaining thread under several stitches on the back. At this point you can either clip your thread and be done. Or you can also tie a knot around some of the existing threads if you are concerned it will not be held tight enough; then clip off any excess thread.
Next you will repeat the same process for the second arch, with the purple thread:
You will repeat with the pink thread on the third arch:
The last arch will completed with the green thread:
Now that the rainbow is complete, we will use the clouds to teach you how to do the back stitch. Back stitching creates a solid line and is great for text and/or outlining a design. It is crucial to be comfortable with back stitching if you would like to become a good embroiderer. Thread 3 strands of the blue thread onto your needle, and knot the end. Start the back stitch by pulling the needle and floss up through from the back of the fabric and do one stitch forward. Just like you did when you were stitching the rainbow. Your needle and floss will now be at the back of your design. From underneath, move forward on your pattern to the length of your desired stitch, pull up through the fabric. Up until this point everything has been exactly the same as when you were stitching the rainbow. At this point, instead of moving your needle forward again, you will bring the needle and floss backwards to where your previous stitch ended, pushing your needle down through the fabric in the same hole where you came up through the fabric.
When you finish stitching around the first cloud, you will end your thread and start the second cloud fresh, rather than just carrying your thread across the back of the fabric. This is a general rule for all of your embroidery. This is because you don’t want the thread to show through your fabric. Modern embroidery is sometimes/often done on fabric that is not white, but it is still best practice to not carry your thread from one part of your design to another under the fabric.
Congratulations on finishing your rainbow kit! You will likely have a little bit of the blue pattern showing here and there around your stitching. To get rid of the water soluble pattern/design you will remove the fabric from the hoop and run it under cold water. The blue ink should disappear almost immediate, but if you need to you can gently wiping any of the blue pattern you can see with a white cloth or your fingers. Lay your wet fabric flat on a white towel to dry. If after drying fully there is any blue ink still showing simply repeat until it has completely disappeared. After all the pattern (and any bleeding of the pattern that occurred during the first wash) are removed and the design is dry; iron the reverse side of your finished project with a warm iron. If you haven’t yet decided how you would like to display your finished project you can check out this post about ways to display your finished design to get your creative juices flowing.
Way to go!!