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Beyond the Basics - Supplies and Fundamentals for Hand Embroidery

Beyond the Basics - Supplies and Fundamentals for Hand Embroidery

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There are many resources available for different embroidery stitches, but few that extensively cover the unspoken fundamentals that help bring embroidered pieces from good to great. Choosing the right supplies and being familiar with good embroidery habits will help you bring your vision to life and avoid headaches along the way, no matter your subject matter or embroidery style.

This 42-page PDF contains 40+ full-color images, information and charts on selecting materials and tools for embroidery, and fundamental techniques that many patterns and kits gloss over. It contains information on all of the following and more: 


  • Choosing suitable fabric 
  • Embroidery threads by fiber and type
  • Beeswax and other conditioners


  • Types, uses for, and common sizes of needle
  • Thimbles both hard and soft
  • Hoops, frames, and q-snaps


  • Transferring and tracing designs
  • Preparing thread and threading the needle 
  • Methods of starting and ending threads 

This digital PDF will be available for download upon purchase and can be accessed online as well. No physical goods will be shipped. This download does not offer any specific patterns or stitches. Due to the nature of electronic goods, this item is not eligible for refunds.

Care information

Linen handkerchiefs may be washed via delicate cycle in a washing machine (no bleach) or for best results, by hand. Iron hot, with steam, on the backside of the work. Any stitches pushed out of place from the iron can gently be prodded back into place. A cotton or mesh laundry bag will help protect your piece from getting snagged.

Temari should not be washed, just dusted if necessary. If needed, you can wet a cloth in hot water and wring it out quite well, and use that to spot-wash. Temari are made of fibers all the way through, so a wash or soak would mean that the inside would never dry.

Our embroidered blankets are made with wool, and should be handwashed gently in cool water.

Goldwork embroidery should only be washed by a professional. Other embroidery is best cleaned as for temari (especially framed hoop work) though wearable accessories may be put through the wash on a gentle cycle or hand washed.

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Embroidered letters in progress in hoop, a woman in a purple shirt is embroidering them by hand onto a linen handkerchief

Further Customization

Working by hand allows us to customize your order in ways not possible with an embroidery machine. For custom designs, click the Chat button at bottom right and let us know what you'd like.