Hand embroidery is as popular as ever again, with articles about how it's making a comeback appearing in mainstream media since early 2015. Recently, Etsy cited embroidery as one of its four main trends for 2018 and issue 25 of paper-focused Flow magazine features embroidery artists.
The result of hand embroidery being back in mainstream consciousness is that there are loads of first-timers, beginners and returners to embroidery. Some have never held a needle and thread, others have a vague sense of where to start and others are wracking their brains to remember a long-forgotten skill. I've seen a surge in pattern customers who fall into these areas and it's made me remember how daunting or overwhelming it can feel when you're just starting out, more so if you've no one to show you the ropes.
I regularly answer questions and it got to a point where I felt I’d answered enough questions in enough detail to fill a book. And so I started gathering all your email queries, Etsy convos and social media messages, and then added every tip, trick and technique I could remember having learnt over the past decade and a half to create Embroidery Tips, Tricks & Techniques, an ebook for beginners through to more experienced stitchers who may simply be interested in my embroidery practice and will hopefully pick up a trick or two.
The five chapters that make up the book are:
- Tools & supplies
- Tips & techniques
- Starting & ending threads
- Caring for embroidery
So basically, everything outside of actually sitting and doing the embroidery. It covers things like how to choose suitable fabric, using six-stranded embroidery cotton, drawing tool recommendations and how to transfer designs to fabric, dealing with knots and unpicking, projects from start to finish, and hopefully the answers to any other questions you may have for me about embroidery!
There are tips and clickable links to online resources scattered throughout (the beauty of an ebook). Some are well known, others I've stumbled across by happy accident or come up with while trying to solve a particular problem. I've laid everything bare, from organising threads into Instagram-worthy floss boxes to the not so Instagrammable knots, needle pricks and blood spots...
Bear in mind though that this latest ebook may not always tell you the "right" way to do things, it's more an insight into how I embroider for those interested in replicating my designs, whether a PDF pattern or a project from one of my books, kits or magazine contributions. It's an accumulation of the nuggets of information I've gathered over time from books new and old, other embroiderers, the internet, trial and error.
Ideally, Embroidery Tips, Tricks & Techniques should be paired with 120 Embroidery Stitches, my previous ebook of hand embroidery stitch instructions (which has a fresh new cover design!). Together, they should give you more than enough information to get started. And if you want some samplers to put your newfound knowledge into practice, there are eight in my Patch Samplers pattern, which is designed to work with 120 Embroidery Stitches – a sampler for each stitch family.
I've bundled these ebooks and patterns in various ways at reduced rates, so you can pick and choose according to your skill level or wants/needs.
- Embroidery Tips, Tricks & Techniques
- 120 Embroidery Stitches
- Patch Samplers
- Embroidery Tips, Tricks & Techniques + 120 Embroidery Stitches
- Embroidery Tips, Tricks & Techniques + 120 Embroidery Stitches + Patch Samplers
- 120 Embroidery Stitches + Patch Samplers