a little bit about embroidery with yarn

i never thought i would love a craft as much as i love crochet… i was wrong.ย  About 2 weeks ago i decided i would finally try to teach myself some embroidery! It was a new year craft resolution i made, probably my first & only resolution i have actually kept ๐Ÿ˜† & seeing so much beautiful embroidery on instagram made me want to give it a try.

And oh my goodness, i have fallen down a rabbit hole into a new love โค๏ธ i feel so much creative freedom, & this refreshed crafting passion.ย  i have even been designing & creating freestyle my own designs – whaaaaat!!!! AND i don’t have a single crochet make on my hook at the moment… but its just them new love feels at the moment, my crojo hasn’t left, i am just loving this new adventure.

So, a lot of people have been commenting & sending me DM’s saying how they would love to try embroidery, & questions about using yarn as thread like i have, so i thought i would just jot down on here a couple of things i have discovered in my extremely short, tiny sliver of embroidery stitching with yarn, so far.

Traditionally for embroidery you use stranded cotton, DMC is a major brand most people would probably recognise.ย  i do have embroidery thread, but i didn’t have the colours i wanted, so i thought i would use my most favourite cotton yarn –ย Paintbox Yarns DK (or 8ply)ย  to try my first embroidery… i love yarn, i think sometimes i love yarn more than i love crochet (eek), so was a natural decision for me.ย  Plus its awesome way to use up the yarn scraps, & it means you can start a new craft without having to get a whole bunch of new supplies.

To use yarn as thread for embroidery, you will need Chenille needles.ย  They are normally used for ribbon embroidery, & i have found they work really well with yarn.ย  Chenille needles look exactly the same as tapestry needles you use for your crochet, except they are sharp, so they can pierce through the fabric.ย  I tried using a tapestry needle first, nope, nearly snapped the needle, & it really hurt my hand.ย  Changed over to a chenille needle, & perfect, it glides effortlessly through the fabric.ย  They come in different sizes, i got a variety pack from Spotlight in sizes 18-24 & am using the size 22 (second biggest) with DK cotton yarn.

Fabric – i first used felt.ย  I love felt.ย  i only used cheap felt (gasp) not the lovely merino wool felt you can buy, which would be amazing, but because i am only learning i grabbed some of my acrylic felt sheets.ย  Now felt is tricky, i wouldn’t recommend it for someone who hasn’t used it before.ย  It stretches & you have to be careful when you are bringing the yarn through with the stitches that it doesn’t tear the fabric.ย  And it stretches a bit in the hoop.ย  That being said, felt was the first fabric i did my first embroidery stitches on, & i did ok! i think…

But i recommend Cotton.ย  Quilters cotton, in a solid colour to begin with.ย  The chenille needle works great through the fabric with yarn, its nice & sturdy fabric, & its easy to transfer a pattern/draw a pattern onto the fabric. Felt is not.ย  i used cotton for my next make, a rainbow i designed & it was lovely to work with the yarn.

Little tip – when you pull the yarn through the fabric it does make a little bit of fluffy lint on the fabric, i noticed.ย  i am guessing because you are pulling a thick piece of yarn thorough a hole in fabric that it is creating a bit of friction & little fluff bits are coming off.ย  Its not a huge amount, i didn’t have it all over my clothes or anything like that, & it wasn’t ruining the yarn or anything.ย  I just grabbed a lint roller, one of those ones with the sticky sheets on it, & run it over the fabric.

You will want to get an embroidery hoop too.ย  Most, if not all, craft supply shops should stock them, they come in different sizes depending on the size of your work, & either wood or plastic, generally.ย  i prefer wood, but its just a personal preference.ย  Think because i used to use a wood hoop with cross stitch, that is all.

Hmm, what else can i tell you about yarn & embroidery… from my wealth of beginner knowledge… you’ll love it.. i know that…

YouTube!! YouTube is your friend, it is how i taught myself to crochet, & it is how i am teaching myself to do embroidery.ย  There are TONS of videos & tutorials, lots of different stitches & even types of embroidery.

And that’s it for now.ย  I hope that info was what you were needing, & maybe gets you interested in giving embroidery a go! i can’t wait to share more of my new craft with you all.

AND i am even going to write up a couple of designs i have created as patterns, starting with my simple rainbow design (above)- as soon as i figure out what an embroidery pattern looks like, & how to make one (๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚hahaha!) i am really not good at designing & patterns for crochet, but with embroidery it seems to be coming naturally… when it comes to crochet, i am definitely a maker, & that is ok, i think i have found my creative designing side with embroidery.ย  i think, who knows, i could suck at pattern writing for embroidery too ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ & that’s ok, because i will just keep stitching, regardless ๐Ÿ˜‰

โค๏ธ Nat xx


6 thoughts on “a little bit about embroidery with yarn

  1. Kate Rowell says:

    This is so inspiring!! Iโ€™ve dabbled with embroidery over the years and used to love cross stitch, maybe I need to pick up my embroidery hoop again ๐Ÿค”
    You know how much I love a rainbow and yours is so beautiful ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜xx

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    • littlecosythings says:

      Oh dear Kate, thank you so much lovely!! So honoured to have inspired you, i hope you give it a try. I hope to have this rainbow pattern up very soon ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ yes you do need to pick up the hoop again!! My first ever craft was cross stitch, i loved it, still do. I think those skills/knowledge carry over to embroidery too ๐Ÿค— xxx


  2. Sue says:

    Embroidery is in your blood Natalie. Your great grandmother was a beautiful embroider. Check out the Inspiration Magazines an Australian Magazine. Lots of lovely ideas, also there are 2 simple books that are terrific too called A to Z of wool embroidery also an Australian publisher.
    Cant wait to see more of your creativity emerge. Felting ? Needle punch? Thread Painting ?

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