Weekend Roundup: Tutorials and Tips To Help You Start Embroidering Today

Welcome to Weekend Roundup, where I go down a rabbit hole of craft addition and resurface with a bunch of tutorials and tips articles on a theme. This week is one of my fave new hobbies, embroidery. I’m not that great at it yet, but I’m enjoying the heck out of it; even better, it’s really inexpensive to add to your craft arsenal! How many crafts can you say that about?

First, you need supplies. Check out this list of 5 Things You Need To Know About Hand Embroidery Needles from Needle ‘n’ Thread. Craftsy has a great post about different kinds of embroidery thread and tips on choosing a fabric (if you’re a beginner, stretchy fabric might not be the best route).

A hoop is handy, too–here’s a video on using one!

I love YouTube videos. In fact, here’s another one, this time about basic embroidery stitches:

If that went by too fast, never fear. Sublime Stitching has hand embroidery tutorials to get you started. (You can also find lots on YouTube by searching the stitch you want to learn. The stitch lexicon at Pumora will help you figure out the names of different stitches!)

Learn how to anchor your threads, too. There’s a backstitch method demonstrated by Natalie Richards on YouTube, or learn to weave your threads and go knot-free with this tutorial from Penguin & Fish.

Purl Soho has 2-color stitching techniques if you want to get a little more advanced (but not too intense).

Ready to start a real-deal pattern? The Spruce tells you five ways you can transfer that pattern onto your fabric. Sarah Homfray has a more detailed prick and pounce tutorial on YouTube:

Glam up your embroidery: Stitch School teaches us how to add beads to embroidery. The Spruce talks about ways to add sequins and other types of beads. And Sarah Homfray has a video series on goldwork that teaches about adding metallic elements that like pearl purl, which is a coil of wire that looks like gold beads.

If you think you’d be into thread painting, here’s a tutorial from Trish Burr on long and short stitch shading to get you started:

Once you finish up that hoop, you can head over to Sew Mama Sew and see how to finish it up for hanging.

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Weekend Roundup: 6 Awesome Shibori Tutorials

I wanted to try to start doing roundup posts (though I can’t promise one every weekend) because I fall down a LOT of craft-tutorial rabbit holes. I’m not the kinda girl who wants to look at one tutorial and do what’s in the tutorial; I want to look at as many tutorials as I can find until I really have a grasp on what I’m doing. I will watch so many YouTube videos.

This week, my research topic has been Shibori fabric dyeing techniques. Shibori-dyed fabrics are similar to tie-dyed fabrics, but with a lot more different variations of techniques. The overall concept is “resist” dyeing, or blocking off parts of the fabric so that they don’t get dye on them and other parts do, making a pattern with the dye. Psychedelic tie-dye isn’t everyone’s style choice, but Shibori patterns can be more subtle and fit many different styles.

Without further ado, here are some awesome tutorials I found that will help you learn all about Shibori, too!

image from Honestly WTF

DIY Shibori from Honestly WTF. This is a really good start-to-finish tutorial that goes over how to work with the dye (a little bit less straightforward than Rit but nothing to panic about) and some cool techniques to use. Fun fact I learned from this tutorial: Indigo-dyed cloth looks GREEN until it oxidizes!

image from Seamwork Magazine

Shibori Dyeing from Seamwork Magazine. This tutorial explores a lot of traditional Shibori techniques, including the Japanese names for the techniques. This article has fun facts about dyes and some techniques not covered in the first tutorial.

Indigo Shibori Dyeing Techniques from Closet Case Patterns. More examples of patterns you can make.

Shibori With Stitch Resist (Video Above). Another way of making patterns with thread. The pattern for the orange design isn’t shown in the video, but there’s a PDF with instructions under the video.

image from In Color Order

Shibori Indigo Dyeing Tutorial from In Color Order. LOTS of different techniques documented and some additional Shibori resources at the end.

Feeling inspired? Want to see more? I made a Shibori board on Pinterest that you can follow here.

Featured image background from Honestly WTF, Seamwork Magazine, and In Color Order.