Embroidery is one of those things that people think about doing when they need a hobby. The operative word is ‘think’ because very few people ever go through with actually doing it. The reasons for not following through are many and varied: ‘There are too many materials needed just to start’, ‘it requires actual skill’, ‘it makes you question your self-worth with each failure’ are just a few.
It’s true that embroidery is one of those hobbies that require more attention than stamp collecting, and it puts off people trying to find something to fill the time. But for the people who are serious about starting embroidery as a hobby, there are a few things they need to watch out for to avoid a serious waste of time.
There’s Not Enough Thread
First, read the instructions, just because you’ve watched a few videos on YouTube doesn’t mean that you know how everything works in creating intricate custom embroidery. No video ever teaches you the number of strands or the right thread to use, because it’s different for every project. There’s nothing more homicide inducing than running out of thread before you’re done because you used the wrong thread.
The Thread Count Is Over 28
Speaking of using the wrong things, you should also check whether you’re using the wrong fabric. No, they’re not all the same, hence all the errors people encounter when all of their stitches look like shite. The usual requirement for a fabric for embroidery is having a 28-thread count or higher, anything lower ensures the project goes tits up before it even starts.
That’s What She Said
Finally, make sure to use the right needle. A needle that’s too big can create holes that make the fabric look puckered, while a too small needle won’t penetrate as easily and cause unnecessary wear on the fabric. This doesn’t even account for the different types of needles: ballpoint? Sharp? What?
Embroidery in the modern world is best left to the professionals that have the equipment and expertise to produce cool designs in big batches, but if you’re serious about doing it as a hobby go for it. Just know that it requires many implements, specific equipment and most importantly patience.