How to Get Started with EmbroideryLots of cloth diaper makers are getting into embroidery. You can turn a plain cloth diaper into something spectacular in no time! It is easier then you think.
Embroidery is an age old art form using a needle and thread to create elaborate designs on a piece of cloth. Whether you choose to break out a needle and embroidery floss to work on a design by hand or use the latest technology to create a design using an embroidery machine, the result is guaranteed to be spectacular.
If you are interested in learning to embroider either as a hobby or as a business, consider looking into taking a class at your local craft store or community center. Most of these places offer beginner classes that will teach you all the necessary stitches and start you on the road to understanding this historic art form.
Another way get started with embroidery is to visit your local library or neighborhood bookstore to find a great tutorial on embroidery. There are several book series in publication that walk you through this needlecraft step by step and showcase each stitch in clear images. These books are excellent for individuals who need to work on their own time and not be rushed through difficult stitches. Also, these books allow a crafter to return again and again to look at stitches or techniques without trouble.
There are several television channels devoted especially to crafting and needlework that have specials or weekly shows about embroidery techniques. Also, visit your local video store to find a visual instruction series on DVD that you can stop, play, and pause at your own whim. Many individuals find they learn the stitches and techniques quicker if they are shown visually and walked through the process. If you find yourself to be a visual learner and an in-person session is out of the question, use a recorded lesson to teach you everything you need to know about embroidery.
For those technical savvy crafters or individuals who want to produce high quality embroidery quickly and easily without ever lifting a needle, be sure to check out the embroidery machines at your local sewing shop or sewing machine store. These embroidery machines can create complex creations and use an internal computer to download and select from thousands of designs. The embroidery produced using an embroidery machine is high quality and much more durable than embroidery completed by hand. Additionally, you can quickly embroider difficult materials, including plush towels or slippery satins without a great deal of fuss.
Once you have started to learn how to embroider, the sky is the limit! Look at the pre-made patterns or create your own using a computer program or hand drawn pattern. Any fabric is up for grabs when you begin embroidering, and crafters even embroider stitches or patterns on paper and use the designs for popular scrap booking or card making ideas.
Many crafters enjoy embroidering so much that they begin their own business. Customized or personalized embroidery is a lucrative business that can quickly work to replace or add to an existing income. Many crafters attend craft shows with their wares or set up shop on the World Wide Web for just pennies. Turn your hobby into a lucrative business by taking special orders to customize or personalize all types of items, including decorative pillow shams, aprons, shirts, jackets, hats, baby items, or anything else under the sun that can be embroidered. Consider starting an embroidery business to offset the cost of purchasing an embroidery machine, since the technology based machines can come with quite a hefty price tag.
The pictures above are the amazing creations of Cheryl at www.stitchnstuff.ca and www.monkeydoodlez.com