Introduction to Embroidery: A Beginners Guide | Margaret Bradbury | Skillshare

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Introduction to Embroidery: A Beginners Guide

teacher avatar Margaret Bradbury, Embroidery Artist

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. The Project

    • 3. Preperation

    • 4. The Backstitch

    • 5. The Woven Wheel Stitch

    • 6. The French Knot

    • 7. Applying your Skills

    • 8. Finishing your Hoop

    • 9. Conclusion

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About This Class

In this class, students will learn all the basic skills required to create their first embroidery artwork. This class is designed for absolute beginners, and no prior knowledge or skills are required to participate. Upon completion of this class, students will have the skills they need to make any line-art embroidery design, as well as some simple flower designs. These skills can be refined and expanded upon to include learning other types of embroidery stitches to create more complex embroidery pieces. 

The materials required are:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Water soluble fabric pen
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors


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Margaret Bradbury

Embroidery Artist


Hello, my name is Margaret and I'm an Embroidery Artist from Australia.

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1. Introduction: Heller. Welcome to my class minus market, and I'm in a burglary office. This class is specifically designed for begins, so you don't need any prior knowledge of embroidery to join it. February is very versatile, medium and all that can be quite time consuming. It's surprisingly intuitive. Here is an example of what you can create in Verdery. I'm used many different stitches in these pieces, but you don't need lots of stitches to create something you're proud of. In his class, we will cover three basic stages. The backs teach the wording whilst each on the French. Not by the end of this class, you will be able to apply on new skills to create your first about in burglary outwork. 2. The Project: the project for these classes to create an envoy. Did outwork using the backstage were even wheel and French? Not. This is a beginner's cloths and embroidery takes practice, so we will stop by breaking down each stitch into steps. The project for this class has two parts. Part one is completing the practice. Stitches, worksheet and part two is creating your artwork. I recommend that you complete the practice stitches to familiarize yourself with embroidery . Once you have finished that, it's time to start your first artwork. Don't worry about it being perfect. The more you practice, the smooth your stitches will become. I have attached until a pdf with an example pattern that I have created. You may follow this passion if you like, but I find it can be rewarding to create your own design. Any design work as long as it is mainly line off. You can embellish your design with war, even wheel versus and French note flowers like I have in mind. If you're feeling a bit nervous, I recommend going for a design that is mostly straight lines, as they will be easiest to stitch. And if you're feeling a little more ambitious, feel free to create a design with curved lines, buildings, silhouettes, text and geometric shapes work really well for this project. 3. Preperation: the materials required for these projects off an embroidery herp, a water soluble fabric pin, an embroidery, needle, embroidery, thread, fabric and scissors. You should be able to find all of these items that almost any craft or fabric store for the embroidery hoop. I like to use wooden herbs rather than plastic, but either will work just fine. The water soluble fabric pin is for transferring you design from paper onto fabric. It easily comes off with water and won't make permanent marks on your fabric. For this project, almost any sewing needle should work. All you need to make sure of is that the needle has a big enough head for Asia threat, the fluster, and that isn't sore. Think that it will leave permanent marks in your fabric. Embroidery Thread is actually six threads altogether, so if you were using all six threads, you can use a bigger needle. Full embroidery thread. I always used DMC you can use, which is a brand you like. That won't make much of a difference. I recommend using a medium weight cotton floral fabric. You don't want your fabric to be too thin, but if you choose something to think it will become difficult to push the needles for. Make sure you don't use stretch fabric, because when you take it out of the group, your design may warp. Now that you have your supplies, you're ready to begin. Print off the practice stitches. Pdf and trace it onto your fabric Using a fabric Markel you can use a grill it if you like , but you won't necessarily be able tow. Wash it off the fabric later. If you'll fabric is too thick to say through, place it against a window that is facing the sun. Once your design is on the fabric, separate you'll in Verdery her into its two parts. Place the inner hope on the table and put your fabric on top and then, at the outset, herb back on too tight in the fabric. Pull the sides and use the screws at the top too tight in the answer hoop. Continue to pull and tighten into your fabric is tight like a drum. We feel seizes. Call a link live embroidery thread that is no longer than you are. He can separate these threads to create more detailed work. Secure one end with a double knot thread these through the eye of your needle and pull a few inches. Third, if you are having trouble getting all three threads threaded, try trimming the ends so they are old exactly the same length. If that still doesn't work, use a needle threat. The way a needle through the works is you thread the metal loop through the needle and then put your threads through this loop. Pull the loop through and done. Now you are ready to stop stitching. 4. The Backstitch: the first teach will be learning is the backstage. This is what we will use to create line work. Thread your needle with three out of the six threads. Begin by bringing O Neil from the back of your fabric is to reach of the front. Create one stitch forward following the line you have drawn. Now insert your needle the same distance forward still following your lines and pull through. You should now have once teach on top and once teach underneath with your needle on top of the fabric now created stitch back into the same hole. Your first. Each winter is important to put your needle through the same hole because if you leave a gap you're stitching will not look like a continuous line. Now take your needle and push it through from the back off the fabric, where you want your next teach to end again. Bring it back through the same hole the previous stitch went through. Continue this process until you have reached the end to go around corners. It's the same technique. Bring the needle through the fabric way you want stitch to end and inserted in the same hole is the previous stitch. Small stitches will make your curves look or fluid and neat. But don't go source more that it becomes too difficult to stitch. Once you have stitched to your design, you may find yourself. Park it your initial stitch. This is where the not you have made will be. Make sure you don't push your needle through the not as you won't be able to pull through. If you're making an intricate piece with curves and fine details, you may need to reduce your stitch length to create these small details. When you reach the end of your threat, you will need to tie knot to secure your design. Do this by separating the threads and tying a double knot. Now you are ready to create any line work design out of embroidery that you desire. 5. The Woven Wheel Stitch: the word pinwheel stitch. It looks complex, but it's surprisingly simple. It adds texture and dimension and is commonly used to create roses. The way it is constructed is first by during a circle on your fabric. The close out to a perfect circle. You can get the best able turn out, so I recommend tracing something or using a stencil. Find the middle of your circle and insert your needle from the back of the fabric to the front. Create five evenly spaced itches. Spread out like sir. Thread your needle under one of the five stitches and over the next, continue threading under a Nerva under an herbal until you have reached the end of your five stitches. If some of your stitches are uneven and you can see the edges parking out, create long stitches around the edge of your verse to disguise them. When you have finished stitched the third under the words to the bar, make sure you don't pull too ties, or you'll ruin the effect 6. The French Knot: the French note is a very versatile speech. It can be a bit tricky, but off to some practice, you get the hang of it. Stop by inserting needles threaded needle from the back of the fabric, where you want the French not to bay. Hold the needle in your dominant hand and grabbed the thread a few centimetres above the fabric with your other hand, holding it tight. Place the needle perpendicular against the threat. Now wrap the thread around to the needle. Wrap just once for a small knot and twice for a large enough. Now insert the needle directly next to where the threat is coming through. Do know inserted into the same hole? And don't pull the needles to really fabric. Yet with your non dominant hand, Pull the thread tight. You are essentially forming and not on the needle. Now pull the thread through the fabric and you'll French not is complete. If you were using many threads, you may find that your needle gets stuck. To solve this problem. Use the thimble to push it through. If that doesn't work, use a pit off applies to pull it out the other side. After you have done a few French notes, you may notice that your fabric has loosened. You can easily fix this by talking and tightening at the fabric again as needed. 7. Applying your Skills: Now that you have learnt the process, it's time to apply your new knowledge. This time you will be stitching your earned design off the design provided rather than the practice stitches. To recap here. Older steps In order, trace your design onto fabric with a water soluble fabric. Marco, insert your fabric into your embroidery herb and title for the back stitch. Three. Janina with three threads and begin on the line. Art. Insert your needle way you want your stitched end and bring it back into the same hole is the previous teach for this particular design that leave their hand toe lost as it is the most difficult pot. Pull the fingernails. I used early one thread instead of three to create finer detail. The war, even wheel worries, is created by five straight stitches coming out from a central point. Thread your needle under an earthy stitches to create the bars. To make a French note, wrap the thread around your needle, insert your needle halfway into the fabric and pull the thread type, Then pull the new the rest of the life through 8. Finishing your Hoop: Now that you're at work is complete, it's time for finishing touches to secure the back threat a needle and stitch around the fabric outside of your job. Don't worry about this being knees and make sure to use big stitches when you have stitched all the way around. Pulled tight on your thread, this will gather the fabric to the back of your hurt. Now secure within the in, trim any excess fabric. 9. Conclusion: they even watching on participating in my class like her people and some new skills. And I would love to see what you created. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out. And if you'd like to see more of my work, you can find me on instagram at Monkey Bay adult embroidery.