Plus, embroidery is a nice relaxing thing to do after a long day. :D
Below are some of my embroideries - I sell them on etsy in my shop, making jiggy.
Step 1: Tools or hardware, if you prefer.
- embroidery hoop - this is a ring consisting of two parts. You put the fabric in between the hoops - this helps keep it taut, making the embroidering easier.
- small, sharp scissors. You can find these under many names.
- your fabric of choice! In most cases, this shouldn't be loosely woven or too stretchy. Simple quilting cotton will work fine.
- embroidery floss. This is cheap and comes in TONS of colors.
- embroidery needles. These have bigger eyes than normal needles to accommodate the size of the floss.
Step 2: Using the embroidery hoop.
Cut a square of fabric slightly larger than your hoop.
To start, loosen the nut at the top of the hoop. You'll then separate the hoops. Put the one that has the nut and bolt to the side, you don't have to worry about it just yet.
The other part of the hoop will have a lip, so place it lip side up, and drape the fabric you're using over it.
After you have the fabric over the bottom hoop, push the top hoop down over the bottom one. The lip of the bottom hoop will rest on the top hoop. This will sandwich the fabric between them. Now you'll want to tighten the nut a bit and begin pulling the fabric taut. The fabric floating between the hoops should not give very much - this will make the embroidering much more complicated than it should be.
After the fabric is taut, keep tightening the nut until it feels secure to you.