White-Work Embroidery Techniques

There are several distinct types or styles of embroidery. Medieval, crewel, whitework to name just a few of them. They are briefly explained here. White work – is precisely what it says. Embroidered in white thread, on pure white fabric, it is not at all difficult, and is inexpensive to achieve. It does however have one drawback and that is that it tends to show the crafters skill, or each and every mistake.

The tools you will need for whitework embroidery are minimal. Firstly, a nice piece of fabric. depending on the kind of item you wish to produce, you may start out with a high thread count white muslin, or an even weave such as aida or linen.

The easier fabric to work with are usually cotton, linen or any natural fabric. cotton will work for you as well any other and is the most inexpensive. If you are making what will be an heirloom piece linen makes some wonderful quality pieces that will last for many years with good care. In addition to the fabric a hoop to hold the fabric taut, white thread or silk and needles. You can make or purchase an iron on pattern for your embroidery or draw one on the fabric.

You’ll need a hoop, a pattern, white thread, and needles corresponding to the size of your thread.

Two strands of embroidery floss will work best. DMC floss, silk or even very thin, wool or cotton thread. What sort of design? It can be as simple or as intricate as you desire it to be. Your own designs to make something completely original, or that of an embroidery book will work just as well. To transfer the design to the fabric deep blue usually works best and will eventually absorb itself into the fabric if it is not completely covered by the embroidery design when it is finished.. A tracer pencil or transfer paper will work admirably for transferring the design if it is your own drawing. The stitches you will probably use will be backstitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch. Many others may also be used, as simple or as intricate as you wish. It is a good idea to purchase an inexpensive book of embroidery stitching as a guide to stitches.

Above all work with adequate lighting to make the work much easier on the eyes. Embroidery is a hobby which can also become a career. More than anything else it should be interesting and fun to come up with your final project.

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