What would a total beginner need to start a crewel project?

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I am someone who can't even sew a button. I am a total beginner, but I'd like to learn how to embroider and something about crewel really appeals to me. I know they sell kits at craft stores. What would I need to make sure the kits have? In other words, what would I need to begin? I'm scared I will go into Michael's and spend 4x more than I need to because I don't know what to get. Thanks!

Crewel is surface embroidery with wool on linen — it's fun, but there are some texture issues for some people, as well as expense. Most of us who embroider started with cotton floss (DMC and Anchor are good brands) on cotton fabric. See my answer to: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101122123123AAk0Aft

If you want to stick with crewel, you'll want a beginners kit and a hoop — 6" is a good size for most women's hands — when you get really good you can move to stretchers. Or you may find that you prefer to work without a hoop — some of us are crazy that way. <g> I'd also buy an extra pack of assorted size embroidery/crewel needles, about $1 at Walmart, probably under $2 most other places.

If you want to do embroidery with cotton floss, pick up some colors of floss that you like, a packet of embroidery/crewel needles, and a 6" or so embroidery hoop — the ones I like for beginners look like this: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Bates-Hoop-La-Embroidery-Hoops/dp/B000GBO9M8 or http://www.beverlys.com/plastic-embroidery-hoop-5.html You'll also need a pair of scissors or a nail clipper to cut threads (why, yes, I've embroidered on airplanes, why do you ask??? <g>)

The book I learned most of my first crewel embroidery stitches from, and still a very good one, is Erica Wilson's Embroidery Book: http://www.worldcat.org/title/erica-wilsons-embroidery-book/oclc/657147/editions?editionsView=true&referer=br and Erica Wilson's Fun with Crewel Embroidery: http://www.worldcat.org/title/fun-with-crewel-embroidery/oclc/567395&referer=brief_results — check your local library, they're likely on the shelves.

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December 27, 2012

thejanith @ 6:23 am #

Check out the Michaels or JoAnn's website (or their ad in Sunday's paper, if you have it) for a coupon that's good this week. Then, head there. They are both having sales on lots of their kits right now, after Christmas.

You'll need to make sure it has a needle and thread, of course. Se if they will let you open a package to read the instructions to see if you need a frame or anything like that. Explain you are a beginner, and they will understand.
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http://www.joann.com

kay @ 7:11 am #

Crewel is surface embroidery with wool on linen — it's fun, but there are some texture issues for some people, as well as expense. Most of us who embroider started with cotton floss (DMC and Anchor are good brands) on cotton fabric. See my answer to: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101122123123AAk0Aft

If you want to stick with crewel, you'll want a beginners kit and a hoop — 6" is a good size for most women's hands — when you get really good you can move to stretchers. Or you may find that you prefer to work without a hoop — some of us are crazy that way. <g> I'd also buy an extra pack of assorted size embroidery/crewel needles, about $1 at Walmart, probably under $2 most other places.

If you want to do embroidery with cotton floss, pick up some colors of floss that you like, a packet of embroidery/crewel needles, and a 6" or so embroidery hoop — the ones I like for beginners look like this: http://www.amazon.com/Susan-Bates-Hoop-La-Embroidery-Hoops/dp/B000GBO9M8 or http://www.beverlys.com/plastic-embroidery-hoop-5.html You'll also need a pair of scissors or a nail clipper to cut threads (why, yes, I've embroidered on airplanes, why do you ask??? <g>)

The book I learned most of my first crewel embroidery stitches from, and still a very good one, is Erica Wilson's Embroidery Book: http://www.worldcat.org/title/erica-wilsons-embroidery-book/oclc/657147/editions?editionsView=true&referer=br and Erica Wilson's Fun with Crewel Embroidery: http://www.worldcat.org/title/fun-with-crewel-embroidery/oclc/567395&referer=brief_results — check your local library, they're likely on the shelves.
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55 years of hand embroidery

Sherry Allen @ 7:49 am #

many of the crewel kits available have almost everything you need including the needle. you will need to get an embroidery hoop to help keep the fabric tight while you are stitching. Make sure the hoop is smaller than the fabric size but big enough that it doesn't crush the finished areas.(a store employee can help you with this) I'd suggest you try a simple design first (even though the more complicated ones are sooo pretty you may be tempted). Some crewel kits come with a printed design and areas to fill in, that may be your best choice for a first project,

Good luck – needle work can be quite relaxing and stress reducing!
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