I have taught hand embroidery for beginners all over the UK. One of the most famous articles is always the name or the earliest for personalizing the goods.
This is certainly not something new. In the past, young girls have completed simulators that practically portray the characters. Make sure they can mark their links as they grow older.
You can have some basic embroidery stitches to create your item. So what do you decorate with this style?
- baby bibs
- baby blankets
- Christmas stockings
- gym bags
The first step is learning how to put the word or letter you want to embroider into your dress. The best way depends on what kind of clothes you are making.
When I taught hand embroidery to beginners, I cling to cotton, calico, or polycotton material for their first attempt.
Moving your text into a smooth outfit
One way – Iron on the transfer
Start by writing or tracing your letters on the tracing paper. Then place it over your dress to check the size. If it looks good, turn to your paper and step back with the transfer pencil. This will ensure that it is the right way after ironing your writing cloth.
The iron will not expire on the transfer, so you will need to cover the lines with your tank.
The other way – Use a lightbox or window
The lightbox is a smooth surface with a light behind it. When you top your template and clothing, you’ll be able to see through the fabric. You can then trace the character with a missing ink pen or graphite pencil.
Don’t have a lightbox? Use a window instead. The window will work only during daylight hours.
Transfer to fabric with “nap”
The above methods will not work on textured clothing such as baby blankets or towels. Deep piles, or swings, are not so flat as to yield good results.
A good way to use here is to include tissue paper and tacking stitches.
You used to write letters on paper, carefully before! Then place the paper over the dress. Using a straight contrasting thread, sew on the lines with straight stitching. You can then tear the tissue to leave a guide for your embroidery.
Hand embroidery stitches to use for lettering
The best stitches to use will depend on the size of your posts.
Small words look good. You may want to be more creative with larger initials or monograms. There are various types of filler stitches that work well for them.
Back Sewing and Steam Sewing
A name engraved on a blanket
Easy stem stitching and backstitch lettering
I recommend that you start with a sketch.
Backstitch and stem stitching work well for the name shown in the picture.
If you want to create posts with different widths, split stitching is a good choice. You can work in thinner sections in one row, and add extras in larger sections. This is a great introduction to hand embroidery for beginners.
I recommend using an embroidery hoop for split stitching. After that, both your hands are free. Thread your needle with lots of embroidery fuses.
- Start by injecting the needle through the back fabric.
- Takedown the long stitch. You don’t want to make every stitch too big – half a centimeter big enough.
- Undo the needle between the stitches in the previous stitch. Try to have the same number of strands on each side where you distribute the stitches. The result will be the closest.
- Move the needle about half a centimeter from its current position.
- Repeat this, each time dividing the center of the previous stitch.
You can also use split stitch to make a letter outline, then fill it with a satin stitch, which helps to have a clean edge.
Smooth laminated satin stitches can be a practice, but it is worth sticking to. You may want to try the laying tool to help here.
Try to avoid lengthening your satin stitches, as they are responsible for holding or trimming them.
Pad Satin Stitching
Pad satin stitch consists of two layers, often worked in different directions. It gives your hand embroidery an extra dimension. For beginners, I will stick to the first layer only.
With more practice, you can work on a cut-out shape to create a raised satin stitch letter, as shown here. This technique works for thought or intense intervention.
I was fortunate enough to find vintage liter shapes in a mixed exchange box given to me. They were all letter S but since my mother’s name is Shirley I used one to make her a birthday card.
When working on a curved letter, make sure you keep the stitches on the inner curve with each other and a little outside. This will help your work get smooth results without gaps or bumps.