Stitch In Time

GRANDMA MOSES WORKED IN MEDI­UMS OTHER THAN PAINT, ALSO US­ING EM­BROI­DERY TO DE­PICT COUN­TRY LIFE. EM­BROI­DERY IS A FUN HOBBY AND A GREAT WAY TO ADD CHARM TO YOUR HOME. HERE ARE A FEW TIPS FOR GET­TING STARTED.

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Get the right tools. To start hand em­broi­dery, you’ll need an em­broi­dery hoop, fab­ric, Pearl Cot­ton thread and a nee­dle.

Pick quality fab­ric. Looser weaves are best for em­broi­dery so you can pull the nee­dle through with ease. Try us­ing a muslin, cot­ton, aida, linen, flour sack or os­naburg. Make sure to pre-wash your fab­ric so it doesn’t shrink or pill.

Know your stitches. Be­fore you begin any projects, master a few ba­sic stitches, such as the run­ning stitch, back­stitch and split stitch. Check out web­sites like craftsy.com for more must-know stitches. Get­ting fa­mil­iar with these will pre­pare you for your first project.

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