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11 Must-Have Embroidery Supplies to Buy If You’re Going to Start Stitching

Embroidery Supplies

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One of the best things about embroidery is that it doesn’t take much to get started. With just some basic and inexpensive supplies, you can begin stitching a variety of projects. And depending on your level of craftiness, you might already have a needle and thread on hand!

The longer you embroider, the more you’ll realize that there are many supplies that, while not required for stitching, make the craft easier and more enjoyable. These aren’t fancy tools—and some even double as office supplies—but they help keep you organized and allow you to challenge yourself with increasingly complex designs.

Need some help with your embroidery shopping list? Scroll below for some of our favorite supplies, from a good pair of scissors to a handy needle minder.

Basic Hand Embroidery Supplies

 

Embroidery Hoops

Embroidery Hoop

Stock Photos from Jen Bray Photogaphy/Shutterstock

If you’re going to stitch on fabric, you’ll want to invest in at least a couple of embroidery hoops of varying sizes. They range from just a couple of inches to over a foot in diameter. Most are made of wood or plastic; all of them require you tighten a screw at the top of the hoop to keep your fabric taut as you work.

Try this: Darice Wooden Embroidery Hoop

 

Needles

Embroidery Needles

Photo: Dick Blick

You’ll need a needle to embroider, of course, but it’s worth knowing a bit about how the sizing works. Embroidery needles are numbered 1 to 12—the lower the number, the bigger the size (e.g. 1 would be larger than 12). Not all needles are the same. Look for needles meant for embroidery as opposed to one used for tapestry.

Try this: Dritz Embroidery Needles, Size 3 – 9

 

Scissors

Embroidery Scissors

Photo: Dick Blick

You can use any scissors to cut thread, but you’ll find it easier to cut the thread with a sharp pair in hand. This will ensure that your floss doesn’t fray. (It’s much harder to thread a needle with frayed floss!)

Try this: Fiskars Lia Griffith Non-Stick Micro-Tip Crafting Scissors

 

Embroidery Thread

Embroidery Floss

Photo: Stock Photos from Oksana Shufrych/Shutterstock

DMC is the industry standard for embroidery thread, aka floss. They have hundreds of different colors with each skein comprising six strands of thread.

Try this: DMC Popular Floss Colors, Pack of 36

 

Beyond the Basics Embroidery Supplies

 

Stick and Stitch Stabilizer Paper

Stick and Stitch Stabelizer

Photo: Sulky

Stick and stitch stabilizer is a pack of special paper that goes in your printer. Used for patterns, you can print a design onto its special fibers that you then peel and stick onto your fabric. When you’re done stitching, simply wash it away using warm water.

Try this: Sulky Stick ‘n Stitch Stabilizer

 

Water Soluble Pen

A water-soluble pen is another option for when you want to transfer a pattern onto the fabric. This special pen will stay on your fabric until, like the stick and stitch stabilizer, you remove it by running your project under the faucet or dabbing it with a damp cloth.

Try this: Dritz Disappearing Ink Marking Pen

 

Floss Bobbins

Embroidery Floss Bobbin

Photo: Dick Blick

Everyone has their own way of organizing their floss, but one of the most popular methods is by winding a DMC skein on a floss bobbin. Just make sure you mark the color number onto the bobbin, too!

Try this: Darice Plastic Floss Bobbins, Set of 50

 

Floss Organizer Case

Embroidery Supplies

Photo: Stock Photos from Marta Maziar/Shutterstock

If you find that you’re embroidering a lot, it’s imperative you stay organized. Try arranging your thread by color and its DMC number; you’ll save a lot of time from searching for that one color you need to complete that pattern.

Try this: Darice Floss Organizer 

 

Metal Rings

3 Metal Rings

Photo: KTOJOY

With so many thread bobbins, it can be hard to keep track of the thread colors you’re using for a particular project. Metal rings keep your floss bobbins neat and together while you work. And when you’re done, they can be easily stored back in your floss organizer case.

Try this: Loose Leaf Binder Rings, Pack of 15

 

Needle Minder

Worried about losing your needles? Keep your fears at bay by using a needle minder. It’s essentially an enamel pin with a super-strong magnet. When you’re done stitching or are changing thread, place your needle against it so that it stays in place.

Try this: Unicorn Needle Minder by Kiriki Press

 

Needle Book

You’ll likely use more than one needle in your embroidery, so store them all in a handy needle book. The fabric book features pages made of thin batting that keeps the needles (and other notions) secure until you pick up that project again.

Try this: Needle Book by Stitchcrafty Designs

 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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