Embroidery Projects for Beginners

Beginner Embroidery Projects

Smiling "Hello" - Front View. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

Embroidery is a great way to add a personal touch to a project and it's quite easy to learn. Here's a list of embroidery patterns that are perfect for beginners!  These patterns use basic embroidery stitches and teach you transferring techniques as you build your skills.

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    Embroidery Items Needed

    • Embroidery hoop: This plastic or wood ring is made of two parts. The fabric goes in between the hoops which keep it taut, making the embroidering easier.
    • Small scissors: Make sure to buy a sharp one.
    • Fabric: It should be a medium weave; not too loose or tight. Quilting cotton, linen, canvas, muslin and osnaburg are good selection.
    • Embroidery floss: This is cheap and comes in a range of colors.
    • Embroidery needles: These have bigger eyes than regular needles to allow for the size of the floss.
    • Water...MORE soluble marker or marking tool: This allows you to draw designs on the fabric and then rinse them off with cold water when you're done.
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    Preparing Your Fabric for Stitching

    • Launder your fabrics before you begin stitching so it won't shrink afterward.
    • Iron out creases so it's easier to stitch evenly; it's hard to get wrinkles out afterwards.
    • Leave sufficient room around the design before cutting the fabric to allow for the finishing the edge of the fabric so it doesn't unravel.
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    Smiling "Hello" - Front View. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    Learn to use stem stitch and iron-on transfer techniques with this simple project.

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    Stitched Sample for the Letter A. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    Use basic embroidery stitches to create a Redwork Alphabet using this free pattern series. Each letter in the alphabet fits a 5-inch square. All 26 letters will be featured, as well as a neutral filler square.

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    This free dolphin pattern features different variations that can be used for borders or as a medallion. You can use the medallion pattern to stitch beach house accessories from fabric or ready-made items including pillow cases, lamp shades, table runners and place mats. It can be utilized as a repeat to create a long border strip on a sheet or tablecloth. The second pattern features a medallion motif that can be used to embellish a tote, beach blanket, a pillow front or framed as art.

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    Deer Worked in Crewel Embroidery Stitches. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    This easy embroidery pattern featuring a prancing deer can be worked in nearly any technique! In this sample, the same deer is worked into surface embroidery, crewel stitches and basic pulled thread stitches.

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    Stitched Sample of the Pumpkin Square Pattern. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    Celebrate the coming of autumn by stitching a plump autumn pumpkin with a square border using traditional embroidery stitches, worked in wool threads on a rustic linen background.

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    Spring Daisy Wreath. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    Stitch this pretty daisy wreath using seven of the most common surface embroidery stitches: chain stitch, French knots, fly stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, star stitch and single chain stitch.

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    Fall Acorn Medallion. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    This embroidery pattern features a fall acorn medallion worked in stem stitch, chain stitch, chain stitch filling, herringbone stitch, single chain stitches and a simple laid filling.

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    Stem Stitch Butterfly - Stitched Sample. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    The stem stitch is one of the first stitches learned in embroidery. But did you know it can also be used as a filling? Learn to work the basic stem stitch and the stem stitch filling.

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    Redwork Chicken Weathervane. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

    Just two basic and easy embroidery stitches are used in this beginner embroidery project.