Embroidery and Cross Stitch, Thing of the past?
From majestic medieval tapestries to a faded sampler hanging over your granny's fire place, it's safe to say needlework has not aged well.
But that is all about to change. In a generation of therapeutic colouring books and craft happy millennial's. Embroidery and needle work is transitioning into a new generation in style.
Gone are the traditional designs, in favour of modern images, pop culture references and simple easy kits that tell you everything you need to know about embarking on this new crafting adventure.
I started my journey in needlework at the age of 13, creating my own cross stitch designs with the aid of a very talented relative who showed me where to begin. 10 years later I decided to try my hand at embroidery, only this time I had no helpful relative to show me the ropes.
I had many questions to begin with, I was familiar with some of the terminology such as back stitch and straight stitch from my years practising cross stitch but what the deuce is a French knot? And do you have to have satin to do a satin stitch?
Well, my solution came in the form of a craft kit from button blue crafts. It was simple design, perfect for any beginner, with details and instructions. And it contained everything I needed, needle, threads and fabric. It even had helpful instructions on how to correctly do each stitch in simple and easy to comprehend turns.
So from one beginner stitcher to another here are my three tips for getting started.
1) each kit comes with enough thread to finish the design providing you SPLIT THE THREAD correctly. I cannot stress how confused I was when I ran out of one colour because I had split the thread in to four strands instead of two.
2) Good lighting. It is east to make mistakes when you can see what you are doing, luckily it is easy to undo mistakes on the fabric these kits provide.
3) Put on some relaxing music and enjoy with a cup of tea. Much like the therapeutic colouring books I mentioned earlier, embroidery is a great way of clearing your mind and enjoying the moment whilst you are creating something truly special.
Whether you are making something as a present or trying to get the little ones into something new, button blue crafts does something for every taste and every skill level. Start with a beginners piece and you'll be stitching spectacular designs in no time.
For now everyone, keep crafting!
- Natalie RIchards