I love to stitch, and I’ve found that I enjoy the experience much more when I have my favorite tools close at hand. I love that embroidery doesn’t require a lot of complicated equipment so I can do it almost anywhere. And anything that makes our stitching better, easier and faster has to be a good thing, right?
Here are some of my candidates for the best tools for hand embroidery (along with some great alternatives to suit your preferences) that I like to keep within reach. Most of them fit into a go-bag for portable projects.
What are the five (5) basic tools everyone needs for hand embroidery?
Embroidery hoop, embroidery needles, embroidery scissors, good lighting and storage containers for your embroidery floss.
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What is the most commonly used fabric for hand embroidery?
You can hand embroider on almost any type of fabric. If you can get your needle and thread through the fabric, you can embroider it! Given that, it is easier to use a lighter weight fabric with not too tight of a weave for your hand embroidery project. Examples of great fabrics for hand embroidery include linen, cotton, satin, shirting, etc. You will want to stabilize knit fabrics before stitching hand embroidery project because of the stretch.
See all of the hand embroidery projects on Create Whimsy.