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1. Embroidery Floss

This is the star of the show! Embroidery floss is a loosely twisted, 6-strand thread used to create the vibrant and textured designs in hand embroidery. It comes in a rainbow of colors, and different weights and sheens. DMC is a popular brand known for its high-quality floss.

2. Fabric

The fabric serves as the canvas for your embroidery art. Linen fabric is a classic choice. However, any plain weave fabrics like cotton, linen, or blends are great for beginners as they are easy to handle and sturdy enough to support the embroidery.

3. Embroidery Hoops

Embroidery hoops are quintessential to hand embroidery. They come in various sizes and are used to stretch and hold the fabric tight, providing a flat surface to work on. A beginner might start with a 6-inch hoop which is comfortable to handle and perfect for small projects.

4. Embroidery Needles

Unlike regular sewing needles, embroidery needles, often called 'crewel' needles, have larger eyes for threading embroidery floss. They come in different sizes – the larger the number, the smaller the needle. Sizes 7, 8, or 9 are generally suitable for beginners.

5. Scissors

A good pair of embroidery scissors with a sharp point is crucial for cutting threads cleanly and closely. These scissors are typically smaller and sharper than regular ones.

6. Seed Beads and Sequins

These tiny beads and sequins can add a delightful dimensional aspect to your embroidery. Seed beads and sequins offering a unique way to embellish and add sparkle to your designs.

7. Water Soluble Markers or Pencils

You'll need something to transfer your design onto the fabric. Water-soluble markers or pencils are excellent for this task as they can be easily removed with a damp cloth once the embroidery is finished.

8. Thimble

A thimble protects your finger from the needle, especially when pushing the needle through thick fabrics or when working on a project for an extended period.

9. Needle Threader

This is a helpful tool for threading the needle, especially when using multiple strands of floss.

10. Embroidery Pattern

As a beginner, following a pre-made pattern can help you familiarize yourself with different stitches and techniques. There are plenty of beginner-friendly patterns available online.

Embarking on your hand embroidery journey can feel a little overwhelming, but rest assured, it's a journey filled with creativity, relaxation, and joy. With these supplies at hand, you're well-prepared to dive into your first project. At ThreadArt, we are dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable materials to help you bring your creative visions to life. Visit our store today to find all your embroidery needs, from embroidery floss to seed beads and beyond. Happy stitching!