Hand Embroidery For Beginners

Date Published: December 22, 2020

If you are an eager sewist looking to learn hand embroidery, you have come to the right place. This skill can really enhance your sewing and can help you make some stunning designs. 

As a beginner, here is everything you need to know about hand embroidery. 

The Essential Supplies

When you start your embroidery journey, you must be sure to have the correct supplies to ensure that your art is a success. 

The supplies you will need to get are as follows:

  • Embroidery Fabric 
  • Embroidery Thread 
  • Embroidery Needles 
  • An Embroidery Hoop
  • Tracing Supplies

If you are unsure where to get all of the above-mentioned supplies, click here. This website has all the embroidery supplies you will need.

Picking the Fabric

When it comes to choosing fabric for your embroidering, you can choose almost anything. The embroidery needles and thread can pass through most materials, but there are a few that work the best. 

These include fabrics like:

  • Linen/ Cotton Blend
  • 100 % Linen
  • 100% Cotton
  • Denim 
  • Aida Cloth 

These are often the best choices for beginners who are still practising the art of embroidery. Start with cotton and when you are good, move onto denim.

Threading Your Needle

There are a few ways that this can be done. The best place to start is a method called the old fashioned way:

First, start by threading your needle:

  • Lick the tip of the thread or dip it in water/wax to get it stiff. This will make it easier when threading it through the eye.
  • If the end is frayed and will not stiffen, cut it off with sharp scissors to create another usable end.

Then thread correctly:

Step 1: Thread a piece of embroidery thread through the eye of the needle. The piece must be long enough to allow a bit of thread to dangle either side of the needle. 

Step 2: Tie your thread knot to the long end.

This method is great for beginners because you can remove the tread from the needle and remove the stitching without ever having to cut the tread.


The best way to get better at hand embroidery is through practice. To practise, you are going to want to get yourself a pattern so that you can learn the skills before attempting freehand. 

For beginners, the best place to start is with a few simple patterns until you feel confident enough to move onto something more challenging. 

Here are a few free, simple patterns that will help you begin your embroidery journey.

Transferring Patterns

Once you have chosen the right pattern, you will need to be able to transfer it to the material that you are going to use. 

There are various methods to this, the easiest being dressmakers carbon paper:

  • Place the cool side of your carbon paper face down onto the fabric. 
  • Tape the carbon paper down to ensure it does not move when tracing. 
  • Place your chosen pattern above the carbon paper.
  • Use a pencil to trace the pattern onto the material. Be sure to be very firm.
  • With the pattern now on the material, you can begin to embroider. 
  • Once you are done, wipe away the imprinted pattern with your finger, spritz or water before ironing. 

Learning All of The Skills

If you are serious about brushing up on your sewing, designing, patterning and embroidering skills, why not consider taking your learning to the next level. 

At So So Into It Academy, we offer lots of courses to help you become the best at your craft. Click here to see what we offer. It is never too late to become a professional sewist. 

Author: Andrea Frisby

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