Embroidery has been used throughout the generations for various reasons. During the lockdown hand embroidery made a fabulous return with a modern edge. However, many are still nervous about trying this beautiful craft. If you’re considering trying your hand at embroidery, here are 5 reasons why you should push those worries aside and give it a go. 

1) It Will Improve Your Mental Health

Anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns have escalated during lockdown. Screen time has risen dramatically leaving many to seek a refuge from intrusive thoughts and technology burnout. Embroidery is the perfect antidote. The texture of the natural materials and the sound of the needle pulling through the fabric force you to shift your focus to something positive and creative. It is therapeutic, calming and fulfilling.

2) Your Confidence Will Grow

At the start of an embroidery workshop crafters walk in timid and nervous. They peer at the sample in front of them and boldly state “I could never do that!” What they are really saying is “I don’t believe in myself enough to do that.” By the end of the workshop when they look at those neat stitches sitting in their embroidery hoop the words are always the same. “I can’t believe I did it”. I see their confidence grow with each stitch as they realise that they are capable of incredible things.

3) Make a Statement

What we wear and the way we decorate our homes are creative expressions of who we are and what is important to us. Embroidery is the perfect way to transform a Primark dress into something that makes you feel like super woman. It can give your home personality and life. Surrounding yourself with your own creations will not just make you feel amazing but it will tell the world you are a creative superstar.

4) You’re Saving The Planet

Embroidery is not just a hobby it is also an extremely practical skill to learn and can have a huge impact on reducing waste. A staggering 85% of our clothes end up in landfill. Think back to when you last threw something out. What was the reason? Maybe it was torn or stained, or maybe you just didn’t feel like you in it anymore. Visible mending is beautiful, lengthens the life of your clothes, saves you a small fortune and helps the planet!

5) Gifts That Mean More

What gift means the most to you? I’m sure it is the one with the most sentimentality attached to it. Gifts mean so much more when they are handmade by someone you love, so why not give a sentimental, personalised gift to your loved ones by learning hand embroidery.

Ok So I Want To Learn Embroidery, But Where Do I Start?

It can be overwhelming when learning a new craft, especially when you have never picked up a needle and thread before. Here are the best Beginner Embroidery Kits to get you started:

Back To Basics Kit

This kit is for the complete newbie. It contains the basic 4 tools to get you started and comes with a booklet showing you how to create the 5 most popular stitches used in modern hand-embroidery. You can use this kit to follow along with the Knowle Craft Stitch Along Videos.

Bouquet of Roses Kit

This kit contains just simple stitches one of which is a 3D stitch. Hang on isn’t this supposed to be a list of Beginner Kits? This 3D stitch is by far the easiest and most fun to stitch to learn as a beginner embroiderer. If you don’t believe me try it!

Find the Rainbow Kit

This is great for nervous beginners. You learn several ways to use backstitch including for lettering as well as some extra bonus stitches to give you a taste of other embroidery stitches without overwhelming you.

So if you have been toying with the idea of learning embroidery remember that it will improve your mental health, increase your confidence, give you the opportunity to express you creative personality, save the planet and you can show your loved ones you care. Give it a go! Think of all the good it will do.

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