Our monthly Crossroads Embroidery Series with Amy Barickman from Indygo Junction continues! Last month she showed you how to select the right thread and needles for your project, and now she has another “getting started” video about additional, important embroidery tools.

Amy’s been here many times at Sew Mama Sew, with a Tea Towel Embroidery Project, The Adelaide Tank and her Summer Purse Pattern. Check back in June for our next post in the Crossroads Embroidery Series!

Looking for a new embroidery project for summer? We have free embroidery projects!

Crossroads Embroidery Series: Foundations, Transfers + Tools

Hello! Welcome to the second video in the Crossroads Embroidery Series. Today I am excited to tell you all about the tools you will need for embroidery.

In my last video I told you all about one of the most important tools for stitching: floss and thread, specifically my new Crossroads Thread. Now, it is time to gather the rest of your embroidery tools.

First on the list is foundation fabric. Almost anything can be used as an embroidery foundation, but here are a few of my favorites:

  • Crossroads Denim
  • Linen
  • Cotton
  • Blanks (finished products like tea towels and bibs that can be stitched)

If you want to try embroidery, but aren’t ready to invest in new fabric, look in your closet and see what you can find. Embroidery can be added to anything that is ready-made. Do you have a boring tank top? Add a pop of color along the neckline.

What about denim? Customize your own fashion-forward denim skirt, jacket or pants with a fun embroidery design. The designs shown are from my embroidery book Stitched Style.

You may be wondering, how do I get the design onto the foundation fabric? Well, there are many different trace and transfer methods you can use, depending on your preference and your fabric.

  • Light Source: If you are using a thin fabric, simply put your design over a light source– be it a light box or even just a bright window– then layer your fabric and trace away.
  • Ready Made Transfer: Many embroidery designs will come with iron-on transfer designs. For instance, the designs in Stitched Style are offered both as trace or iron-on transfer. All you have to do is cut out the transfer, position it on your fabric, iron on the design and stitch.
  • Transfer Pens: With Sulky iron-on transfer pens you can trace your design onto a plain piece of office paper and iron it on to your fabric.
  • Printable Transfers: Printable transfers, like Sulky’s Stick n’ Stitch or Sticky Fabri Solvy are my favorite options. Sticky Fabri-Solvy is what is currently on the market, but Sulky is rebranding that exact same product so look for Stick ‘n Stitch in stores soon. You can either trace your design to the product, or copy or print it; yes, this product can go in a printer! Then, adhere the whole product to the fabric. When you are finished stitching, simply rinse the transfer away.

You should now have your needle, thread and foundation fabric with your design transferred. All you need is to gather an embroidery hoop and scissors are you are ready to stitch!

Join me next month as I share the first in the series of FREE embroidery designs and stitch instructions! Watch the video for a sneak peek of the designs I will be sharing during the series.

If you can’t wait to get started stitching, check out this post where I shared this tulip design from my embroidery book Stitched Style!