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Introduction Introduction How to add embroidery to clothes Embroidery is a creative and relatively cheap way of making old items of clothing look like new. Basic stitching techniques or complex designs can be used to jazz up a tired-looking wardrobe,

Introduction

Introduction

How to add embroidery to clothes

Embroidery is a creative and relatively cheap way of making old items of clothing look like new. Basic stitching techniques or complex designs can be used to jazz up a tired-looking wardrobe, but patience and diligence are required as embroidery is a time-consuming activity. It’s important not to rush an embroidery task, as the material you are working on can begin to fray. It’s a good idea to practice on scrap material before risking any kind of work on a favoured garment.

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Flick through embroidery designs in embroidery magazines. Find examples of other kinds of embroidered stitching in fashion magazines that you like.

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Sketch a few of the designs you find out onto paper. Find a way of simplifying the ideas to make your first embroidery attempt less daunting. Decide on the colours that you wish to use and which item of clothing you hope to jazz up using the embroidery design.

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Have fun placing the embroidery design across different parts of your chosen item of clothing until you find the most attractive spot for your design to sit. Consider the size of your embroidered design. It might be necessary to increase or decrease the original sketch size so that it better complements the item of clothing selected.

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Iron the item of clothing you have selected and place a section of butcher’s paper inside the clothing. The shiny surface of the butcher’s paper must be in contact with the clothing material. Iron the clothing and the butcher’s paper until the waxy substance in the paper melts and binds together with the material.

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Fix the section of material to be embroidered between the outer and inner ring of an embroidery hoop. Fasten the screws on the embroidery hoop with care so that the material doesn’t move as you begin to stitch on your design.

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Use the crewel needles to stitch your design. Crewel needles have larger eyes than ordinary sewing needles and it’s important to use the correct needle type when working on any kind of embroidery project. Select the coloured floss you chose previously in the design stage and thread your crewel needle accordingly.

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Start by passing the needle through from the back of your material to the front and finish the basic stitch by sending the needle through to the back again to finish. There are many kinds of embroidery stitches you can experiment with. The most basic include crosses and lines. Research a little into the kinds of stitches you would like to use and continue working through the stitches until you complete the entire design.

How to add embroidery to clothes

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Things you will need

  • an iron

    an embroidery hoop

    crewel needles

    a selection of embroidery floss in various colours

    butching paper

    scissors

    scrap material

    embroidery designs

    clothes in need of a revamp

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Tips and warnings

Thread more than one floss at a time if you want your embroidered design to generate a more of an impact and to appear heavier.

Never begin embroidering a design on your clothing without first applying the butcher’s paper, because the fabric will be very fragile and might not be able to sustain the weight of the embroidery you intend to stitch.

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