Embroidery Design

Are you currently a needle crafts buff? Embroidery is, arguably, one of the very most refined of the needle crafts. The very fine thread allows for detailed designs which can be almost like paintings. Variations inside the number of threads and length of stitches, in addition to raised work and knots can form intriguing, beautiful effects. Perhaps probably the most satisfying aspect with this craft will be the embroidery design. There is certainly no reason to follow purchased designs. Should you embroider, or would like to learn, you probably use a great eye for color and composition as well being a fair level of patience. You’ve got the artistic flair, so take the artistic license and you could make your own personal embroidery design. Let’s examine a couple of pointers and concepts.

Toss around ideas for designs that appeal to you personally. Should you aren’t feeling inspired, go online or visit your library for pictures of embroidery pieces as well as tapestries. Examine the elements of the image which produce certain effects that catch your eye. Start to see the way the ornate borders of 17th century tapestries might be adapted to some small picture frame design. Examine various techniques for coloring a flower that looks three dimensional.

Landscapes, florals and geometrics are good options for any beginning designer. Keep your embroidery design around the small side for starters. It’s common for beginners to bite off more compared to what they are able to finish before frustration over spoiled stitches or undesirable effects sets in as well as the project is dropped. An embroidery design of 4 inches by 6 inches will deliver lots of knowledge and beauty to create in your following design.

If this type of is the first embroidery design, a sampler of stitches is another good choice. A sampler serves two purposes. First, you receive a chance to make their own your stitches and compare effects of different stitches side by side. Second, you are able to fool around with color combinations and effects of metallic threads within your compositions.

Once you’ve got an idea you like, use a ruler to mark the finished size in your sketchpad. Use pencil (which means you are able to erase) to sketch your embroidery design. Use light strokes until everything’s exactly the way you like it. Use colored pencils to fill within your design. Should you’ve got a rose or any other element with shading within your design, be sure to make use of different shades for your three-dimensional effect.

Next, use transfer paper or perhaps a transfer pen to trace the design onto your linen. Use masking tape to tape both linen and paper firmly in position until your transfer is complete.

Use good linen for superior results. The high thread count of quality linen allows for precise placement of stitches and definately will block well.

Now the fun begins! Get a hoop, threads and needles out and begin your masterpiece. Creating your own personal embroidery design is really a satisfying hobby that may last a lifetime. You simply keep getting better!

Handicraft Gift Idea: Make an Apron

If you are looking for a handicraft gift idea to make for someone special, perhaps that person would like an apron. When we think of aprons, we often think of mothers and grandmothers in the kitchen, but men can often benefit from having an apron as well. They often enjoy barbecuing, for one thing. They also can use an apron in the workshop.

Children, too, can use an apron for many of their activities, such as arts and crafts. Here are simple instructions for making a handicraft gift of an apron that can be adapted for anyone.

handicraft idea apron

     1.   Start with a piece of sturdy fabric suitable for the individual for whom you are making the handicraft gift. The fabric needs to be wide enough to wrap 1/2 to 3/4 of the way around them and long enough to cover them from collar bone to just above the knee. For a large adult, 62.5cm to 75cm (25 to 30 inches) wide by 90cm to 100cm (36 to 40 inches) long should be about right. A slimmer adult can use a narrower apron, but if they will be wiping their hands on the sides of it, they might appreciate the extra width. An apron for a child of 10 could start with a piece of fabric about 45cmm (18 inches) wide by 62.5cm to 75cm (25-30 inches) long.

The best types of fabric to use are sturdy cottons, such as medium weight denim or twill. Soft cottons such as broadcloth or muslin are all right in the kitchen, but will not last long, and would not hold up in the garden or workshop at all. Other materials you’ll need are thread and a sewing machine. You will also need enough extra fabric to make a strap to go around the neck, ties for the back, and pockets.

When designing the handicraft gift, you can be as creative as you like with pockets. Every apron is more useful with pockets. A person who cleans houses, for instance, can use pockets for odds and ends they pick up as well as for their spray bottles, sponges, and scrub brushes.

handicraft idea apron

     2.  To make the apron, fold the piece of fabric lengthwise. This will allow you to cut the shape with one cut, making the two sides symmetrical. What you will be shaping when you make the cut will be the bib section of the apron. The bib for an adult sized apron will need to be about 22.5cm (9 inches) wide. Measure from the fold about 14cm (5-1/2 inches). This is half the width of the bib plus a spare to fold under twice to form a hem. The piece you will cut off the side to shape the bib will be a half bullet shape with the tip of the bullet being where the ties will be attached. The length of the half bullet shape should be about 30cm (a foot), and the width will be from the spot you marked 14cm (5-1/2 inches) from the fold to the outside edge of the fabric. When these pieces are cut off, the result should be an apron shaped piece of fabric.

Now decorate the apron with pockets and any other decorations you desire.

handicraft idea apron

3.  After this it is time to fold under the edges all around and stitch down with sturdy stitching for a nice hem all around the handicraft gift. Cut two pieces of fabric a yard long by two inches wide. Fold lengthwise and fold raw edges to the inside. Press and stitch down along the length to make the ties. Attach the ties at the waist of the apron handicraft gift. (If these ties seem a little long, it is because a lot of people like to bring the ties to the front and tie them there.) Cut another piece of fabric 45cm to 50cm (18 to 20 inches) long by 12.5cm (5 inches) wide, fold in half lengthwise and press. Press again with the raw edges of the long side tucked under 1.5cm (1/2 inch). Stitch down the open side. Attach this piece to the sides of the top of the bib, sewing it to the back of the bib and topstitching on the front side of the bib. Be careful not to twist it when you attach it.

People who work hard at homemaking, barbecuing and in the workshop will appreciate a handicraft gift of a sturdy apron. Mostly they will appreciate the effort and design you have put into making a handicraft gift that they can use.