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5 hand embroidery patterns you can make at home

Posted on November 15th, 2013 by admin

Hand embroidery can be a wonderful past time and is easy to pick up. However, it can be difficult to master and sometime takes hours of careful work. One should always choose a design before printing it to paper. One can then pin the printed design to a piece of fabric and use the design as a guide to use for their hand embroidery. In this article we will discuss a selection of designs that may be good to use.

A pine cone pattern can be a good beginners design as it is a simple and repetitive group of curved triangles that are fairly easy to trace over. These are grouped together and create an oval shape. The pine cone is good as it is a simple design and is easy to recognize. One may choose to use a selection of brown shades as the threading material, which can then be applied to a fabric which is of a natural color, so as to help represent the pine cone image.

Many butterfly patterns are available via the web and are a stylish embroidery choice for clothing and other fabrics. Some are more complex than others, but all are easy to identify and should not take the designer too long to create.

Flowers and plants are another good choice for an embroidery design as these suit clothing, as well as other fabric based objects, such as cloths, hanker-chiefs and other fabrics.

Cupcakes are an easy object to use as an embroidery pattern and can be used a number of times on a single garment. This design would suit perfectly on a piece of clothing for a young child or a baby. A cloud like shape can be used as the top of the cup cake, whilst a more rigid set of lines may be used as the cupcake holder.

Russian embroidery patterns can be very complex and often contain sets of geometric structures that are symmetrical in design. These can be great for advanced embroidery designers and may take many hours to complete.

Hand embroidery remains a fascinating skill, and makes up an important part of many degree courses. People who study textile based subjects, or art and design, may well learn this skill as part of their degree courses.

Of course, going to university can be a very expensive process, especially with fees and other costs having risen in the UK since 2010. The ongoing economic squeeze in many parts of the country has also made funding university study very difficult for many people.student loan

This is why a student loan is so important to anyone planning on going away to study these days. Student grants now barely exist, and the financial burdens of studying grow ever larger. If you have any desire to study a craft-based subject such as hand embroidery at university, then securing this type of funding is essential.

Hand embroidery itself is a challenging and stimulating activity which has a number of uses. Art and design students can find this a very useful skill to study, and there are many projects in the past which have utilised this activity. Whatever the complexity level of a project, any idea which makes use of fabrics can usually be improved by some hand embroidery.

Hand stitches can provide additional layers of interest and texture in a piece of art. As a skill, it is also easy to work on in the confines of small spaces, such as student flats or tiny art studios.

But before any kind of creative art project can be undertaken at university, a student needs to make sure that they have the finance in place to actually get there. Securing a student loan remains an integral part of the university experience these days. Paying proper attention and securing an adequate amount of funding is a key part of ensuring success in higher education.

One thing is for sure that you will encounter some sort of debt whilst you are at university. We recommend visiting the website www.moneynet.co.uk/debt-help/ should you need help and advice about your financial situation whilst you are studying and after you finish studying at university.

What is hand embroidery?

Posted on September 15th, 2013 by admin

Hand embroidery has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used embroidery for decoration purposes on the hems of royal robes. Embroidery was also used in tapestries during the Middle Ages. It was considered an art form, as it still is in this day and age.

Hand embroidery and cross stitch differ slightly. The difference between the two is that hand embroidery uses various types of stitches for texture, and cross stitch uses a single stitch, which relies on colour for texture. Material that is used for cross stitching is generally a printed design or a graph, whereas embroidery designs can be drawn or stamped onto material. Embroidery can also be done freehand. hand embroidery

Embroidery is formed by using a basis of five stitches. There are of course more than five stitches in embroidery, however, a stitcher who in a professional at using these five stitches can achieve a great result with 95 percent of the embroidery kits available. The five stitches are:

• Cross – used to fill in open spaces
• French knot – used for small dots, such as flower centres, eyes etc
• Lazy daisy – used to make small flower petals
• Outline – a stitch that outlines the design
• Satin – used to fill in open areas that contain closely worked stitches, giving an appearance of satin

When starting out in embroidery, a small design is advised, which uses mostly cross stitches and daisy stitches. These stitches are the easiest to learn for the first time. Professionals may wish to complete a pattern that is made up of mostly the satin stitch. In theory, the satin stitch is easy to master, but making it look smooth and shiny and free from gaps can be rather difficult.

There are many embroidery books available that give instructions for the five basic stitches. It is worth doing a little research before beginning your first assignment.

Embroidery is certainly an art form that is worth learning. There is nothing more satisfying than framing your work and hanging it on the wall for all to see.


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