A Crafted Therapy
Embroidery has a special place in every fashion and household decoration trend and market of workwear, decorative upholstery, accessories and clothing. Like every other fashion trend, embroidery has seen many circles or life cycles from being exclusive to becoming popular and then dying out only to reappear. In different world regions, the same trend repeated itself on various timelines. But the importance and the uniqueness of this exciting intersection of arts and craft stay relevant. Now in this modern time, the studies show that the process of embroidery is very therapeutic, not just theatrically, but is used by professional therapists and meditation trainers. They use embroidery to help people find their focus, develop concentration, enhance their coordinated body control, catharsis, etc.
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Keeping in mind the utility and importance of knowing this mix of art and embroidery, we would like to tell you about the basic tool kit needed to start this mediational process. Also, share a few basic types of stitch designs to help you begin with the basics.
Basic Kit Of Embroidery
The following are the minimal tool kit items to begin the embroidery process in your free time. We describe every item in detail to understand the basic rules with the usage of the item. You will be able to improvise the process of embroidery for your independent learning.
Fabric for Embroidery
The fabric is the surface that you need as a canvas for exploring the art and craft of embroidery. Usually, we suggest that beginners start with plain white cotton fabric. Cotton is easy to handle, and any colour will be visible on the plain white fabric. For initial exploration ¼ yard of the cloth is enough to learn the basic stitch styles.
Embroidery hoops are helpful to stretch the fabric tight and flat for the user. The hoops are primarily circular shapes and are in wood or solid plastic material. It is two frames fitted together and is openable. You have to place the more petite frame on the surface and put the fabric to embroider the design pattern.
The threads/floss of embroidery come in so many material types and a range of colours. This can be called the raw material for embroidery making. This thread passes through the needle, and then the magic begins by using various stitch styles.
Needles are an essential element of embroidery that help the thread go through the fabric and make patterns by various designs of stitches. It is made of stainless steel and pointed from the end to easily pass through the fabric.
Marking Pen Or Chalk
One needs a temporary or washable marker to draw and stamp the design of the embroidery print pattern on cloth for reference. It helps the embroidered see the development of a design and keeps the person-focused and motivated.
For any embroidery or sewing job, an inevitable item is a pair of scissors. Always keep a sharp medium size scissor to cut the threads cleanly.
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Three Basic Types of Embroidery Stitches
Though there is a long list of embroidery stitches specific to the area and regional craft makers and embroidery style, we only introduce the three most basic types of stitches for you to learn quickly. The following links are the best video demonstration to learn the stitching step by step.
Embroidery in today’s time is still a trendy medium of decorating formal clothes. There is now a meditational trend of learning embroidery that has a significant impact on developing the sense of focus and concentration in the people who practice it. The article recommends making it into a hobby to relax and meditate through this technique. We list the basic kit of items one needs to learn the art and craft of embroidery and three basic stitches through video demonstration—happy stitching for a healthy mind.
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