Embroidery: It’s an Art

Embroidery, or the art of thread, has become an essential decoration style. Embroidery is a know-how, ancestral in some countries or acquired during a long apprenticeship, in others. Although embroidery is contemporary art in its own right, it is not necessary to be an experienced artist to practice it. Indeed, like any art, it is above all a means of expression, although it has a functional aspect and all levels are equal, beginner or intermediate.

Embroidery, a Technique, an Art

Embroidery is a technique that consists of sewing a pattern or an image in relief on a fabric. Embroidery is appreciated for its aesthetic quality and its resistance over time.

Industrial Techniques Dedicated to Embroidery

Embroidery is the preferred method in the textile industry and is wildly appreciated in the mass production of logos and other designs. In this case, the production is done industrially, using specialized machines.

Embroidery As Art

Embroidery is done mainly by hand, using the thread and needle’s rudimentary but long-proven material. Indeed, this technique respects the details and requires a surprising precision. The unequaled quality of the result is its main asset.

The Advantages of Hand Embroidery

More than a simple skill, embroidery is an art and, therefore, a form of expression of creativity. However, the products resulting from embroidery are also very appreciated in the decoration. The variations being unlimited, it is possible to obtain an almost unique decoration by opting for this technique.

Moreover, having recourse to the industrial machine is not compulsory to have high quality and personalized decoration. Embroidery requires only a simple material and is accessible to the general public. In principle, it only requires a needle and thread (which you can vary depending on the desired result). Also, embroidery is suitable for all types of fabrics.

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Getting Started With Embroidery, the Elements To Consider

Embroidery is an art but also a technique that can be learned. To do so, it is essential to master specific basic methods.

Learn One Movement at a Time

The movement consists of embroidering in a line in one motion, that is to say, stitch and pull out in one time with the needle. In this case, the work concerns only one side of the work. When you master this technique, you can vary by using other colors and thicknesses of threads to give different effects to the embroidery. The principle is to respect the straight line and the intervals.

Embroidery in Two Movements

The specificity of this technique lies in the type of movement to achieve. It is done in two steps. In this case, it is necessary to stitch first to bring out a little farther and the second time to bring out the back of the fabric. Working on this technique will improve accuracy. Once you master this technique, you can practically start embroidering.

Techniques for Creating Stitches

Small stitches are a common technique and give its aesthetic aspect in embroidery. However, it is more or less challenging to master. Thus, to begin, it is recommended to draw large stitches. The regularity and precision of the work are essential elements to master. Then, the finesse and the possibilities in the realization will come with the experience.

Linear stitches are an alternative way of creating stitches. They are mainly used to decorate an outline with various motifs (chain, stem, designs, patterns, etc.). They are also part of embroidery basics, although they are more challenging to achieve

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4 To Know About Having Crochet As A Hobby

Crochet has been around since the late Middle Ages, but it continues to thrive to this day. Indeed, many revivals in the styles adopted and in the tools used have revived the love of this “art” that continues to grow in the world of fashion and decoration.

This evolution is such that we can even consider making it our profession. But then, how can we do it if we know nothing at all about this practice? Well, there are methods and ways that will allow you to master it in such a short time.

The beginning of crochet

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Contrary to what you might think, crochet is far from being difficult. All you need is a good learning curve to progress quickly. Moreover, unlike knitting, crochet is much easier to handle because its stitches are formed one by one. Whereas with crochet, you have to form a long series of stitches on a needle, which is very difficult for a beginner to master because you have to make a flawless one for the series of stitches.

If you lose one of them, you are forced to catch it. This notion of ease does not stop there because using only one needle to crochet is a considerable plus for a beginner. Indeed, it allows him to handle the thread and the tool easily, and the gesture becomes fluid very quickly.

The gestures to master

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For the gestures themselves, simply hold the hook in your dominant hand (either the right hand if you are right-handed or the left hand if you are left-handed) as if you were holding a pencil. The other hand will then hold the yarn and stitches in formation. Start by forming a loop, then move on to another loop, linking them together, and so on.

You will have what is called a “chain” in the jargon. To do this, form a knot with your yarn, then insert the needle in the middle and grab another yarn with the curved end of the hook to pull it through and form a new loop. This is the very basis of the hook, from which you will form the different stitches.

The necessary tools

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To achieve good results, you will need a few tools, mainly hooks. There are different sizes of hooks that you need to have if you really want to level your designs. This ranges from 0.6 mm to 1 cm in diameter. And if the size does not count, or little in crochet, the variation is only 12 cm to 20 cm ranging from the finest to the largest.

Play on the stitches

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Stitches are where you’ll really make a difference. To begin with, you’ll have to learn the basic stitches, but once you’ve mastered the technique, you’ll finally be able to make your work take on some very stylish and neat shapes and turns. To give you even more ease in the realization, but also and above all, for the success of your hooks, you must know how to associate the hooks and threads.

So, here are some reference brands to help you explore the thread. There is Clover for the Americans, Prym for the Europeans, Knitpro, which makes both crochet and crochet needles. You will undoubtedly find what you need and what suits your style among these brands, but you can always choose others according to your needs.

Crochet is an actual fun activity to do when you start to get the hang of it, and you can make some really thoughtful and personalized gifts with it when you get good at the craft. Sound off in the comments section and tell us if you want to take crochet as a hobby or turn it into a future job.

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Top 3 advantages of taking up knitting as a hobby

Having a hobby was my way of forgetting the past 2 years and the global pandemic. With the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic, many of us have been stuck at home for months on end because of the lockdown protocols, so to pass the time, you might want to take up a new hobby. Why not try knitting? NO, it is not a hobby for only grandmas. Though it seems like an old-fashioned hobby, it is pretty unique and easy to learn, yet takes years to master. Knitting can be a pretty fun and therapeutic recreation during these trying times.

What you’ll need

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Knitting is not an expensive hobby; the best thing about it is that starting it means you’ll need only a few pieces of equipment which you can easily get at your local craft store or a Joann’s Fabric. You’ll need two things before you venture on your knitting adventure – a set of knitting needles and yarn. The whole thing will cost you less than $20, or you can even thrift for your knitting needles if you want to be frugal.

If you are a perfectionist like me, I advise you to buy a beginner’s book on knitting, which will ease you into the waters of this hobby. If you are a visual learner, then by all means, watch Youtube videos on how to start knitting, as this will help you visualize the technique. If you are just starting this as a hobby, buy a strong yarn that is more forgivable than a fuzzy or thin one. Most beginners begin with scarves because they tend to be short, don’t require long knitting needles, and are more user-friendly.

Advantages of knitting:

1. Easy to pick up.

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The most common fear associated with knitting is that you have to be artsy or creative to do it. This is a misconception; knitting is relatively easy and is pretty simple to pick up. There are only 2 main stitches that you’ll need to learn before you becoming the next knitting genius.

Granted, it may take some time to actually get it right, but once you know it, you’ll never forget it. It’s a bit like cycling; once you learn how to do it, you never forget it; it’s muscle memory. Remember, your first creation will never be perfect; it’s a bit like pancakes, the first one is always a bit wonky and the more you make, the better it gets.

2. It’s a cheap stress relief.

Life can be hectic and fast-past; knitting allows you to sit down, switch off your brain and just knit. Whenever I feel stressed out or overwhelmed and know that even rereading my favorite book won’t help, I pick up knitting. It gives my hands something to do and keeps my mind focused on this single task.

Poof, you forgot about your stress and are entrenched in your new design. I really get in a zone when I do this and it feels like I am meditating. Even Olympic diver, Tom Daley, knits to forget about the stress of his competition and he got a gold and bronze medal during this past Tokyo Olympics.

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3. Prevents diseases.

Not only is it helpful for your mental state, but it also has some health benefits; it reduces blood pressure, keeps you sharp and may even prevent arthritis. Arthritis is a condition that affects our bones and joints and can be especially acute as we grow older.

Keep your joints, especially those in your hands mobile. The movement will at less alleviate the pain and stiffness associated with it. This is why it is the hobby of a lot of grandmas. Knitting not only keeps your hands moving but also keeps your fingers dexterous, which will, over time, build up cartilage and make them stronger.

Sound off in the comment section below if you are going to pick up knitting as your next hobby.

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The Art of Sewing: 5 Tips For Beginners

Are you interested in learning to sew? Before you go to sewing school and start practicing, you need to get a little information. In this guide, we’ll explain what you need to know and learn to sew things such as accessories, bags, cushions, or even clothes, skirts, and blouses. It may be challenging to learn to sew independently without a minimum of knowledge, but it doesn’t have to be.

1) Take a Sewing Class

If you want to sew quickly and well, we suggest taking a live sewing course. Ideally, after you have learned the basics, you can try hand sewing something you like. There are many courses on different methods, but the result is the same no matter which course you take. Our advice is to know what kind of sewing course to take before spending unnecessary money. Not because the course isn’t valid, but you need to understand which course is most suitable for you.

To give a practical example, a person who has absolutely no interest in sewing clothes and has never held a needle before does not need to bother taking a professional tailor’s course. Unless they have a strong desire to do so, a sewing course that starts with the basics and provides hands-on practice in cutting and sewing is all needed.

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2) Buy a Sewing Book

If you are not an expert in sewing but know the field rather than a true beginner, a sewing book can help. Always have the instructions at hand so you can experiment without any problems. Start by practicing with inexpensive fabrics.

If you have to start with the basics, then we suggest you buy a book for beginners. It is very easy to understand, and best of all, it covers the subject right from the start, with lots of illustrations and photos to help you understand the different steps.

To become familiar with fabric and scissors, it is best to learn to sew by hand first, then use a sewing machine to make simple pieces, always using inexpensive or leftover fabric.

3) Learn to Sew With Sewing Instructional Videos

There are many video tutorials on the Internet to help you learn how to sew. Start with a simple project like a straight skirt. Watching video tutorials can be a great help as you can see firsthand what needs to be done. Video tutorials will also help you if you get stuck and have no idea how to proceed.

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4) A Sewing Machine

Sewing by hand is helpful, but it is equally limiting. You can hem a skirt or pants, sew on a button or shorten a pair of pants, but if this isn’t your only purpose, you will need a sewing machine. If you haven’t already purchased a sewing machine, look into it to understand which machine is best suited for you and your sewing needs. There are all kinds of sewing machines out there, mechanical, electronic, overlock, etc. If you have to learn to sew, buy a good quality machine and not complicated to use.

5) Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes and Try Again

Learning to sew means making mistakes and starting over. That’s normal. That’s why we recommend doing a lot of sewing tests with cheap fabrics and leftovers. That way, if you make a mistake, you don’t have to waste your money on buying good material.

You will spend days trying out different stitches and understanding how to adjust the speed of the machine and increase/decrease the thread tension, etc. Once this is done, you may start sewing small things before moving on to more complicated things.

Let us know if these few tips have helped you in the comments below!