Embroidery - An Enjoyable Craft Embroidery - An Enjoyable Craft
by Pearl Mertons

Embroidery has been with us for many years, although it takes a number of forms. It's very popular these days with people who enjoy needlework. Most of us aren't aware of how many ways there are to embroider, nor do we know all the innovations it's taken.

Embroidery basically is creating a beautiful design on fabric using colorful threads. Dress- materials embellished with embroidery could be made by machines as embroidery by hand takes a lot of time. Usually a patter is used to do embroidery, but many are skilled enough to do without it.

Embroidery is a relatively inexpensive hobby as the patterns, thread, and needles don't cost very much. It's fun and creative to add some color and design to clothing, tablecloths, napkins, blankets, and virtually any fabric, without going into debt. Patterns are easy to find as well. There are hundreds of websites offering patterns; some you can mail order and others you can just print from your home computer.

Advanced sewing machines are available today which can do embroidery with little assistance from you. Some are even software powered, which enables you to specify where to point the needle to craft a design to suit your requirement. But embroidery by hand still remains the first option of many people for whom it is a hobby. For them embroidery by hand provides a more fulfilling experience compared to embroidery by machine.

If you interested in getting into embroidery but aren't sure where to start, you may be able to find a class at your local community college that can help you understand the basics. They will probably take you through a few simple designs and patterns. Once you understand how to read the pattern and do the stitching, you can pretty much tackle any design you're interested in.

There are also many embroidery conventions and craft fairs throughout the country. Check out on of the many embroidery websites available on the Internet, they often have links to local events coming up. You can also find links to hundreds of sites offering free embroidery patterns, or patterns for discounted prices.

There are many embroidery magazines that you can subscribe to which may help you get started as well. These magazines offer helpful tips and hints, as well as different patterns each month with step-by-step instructions. They also focus on what needles and different types of thread you'll need. These magazines are a great way to stay on top of upcoming events and give you great ideas for your next project, especially for seasonal ideas.

Embroidery gives a satisfying experience and is a fulfilling hobby. Nothing can be compared to the feeling of satisfaction and triumph when you give shape to your project and complete it satisfactorily. If you can follow the instructions with patience, then you can take to embroidery, no matter how creative you are.

Pearl Mertens is the chief writer for, and editor of
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