Embroidery is beautiful. The process of embroidery is even more so – it is calming, therapeutic, and a medicine for the distressed soul.
In my opinion, everyone should take up embroidery. It makes everyone a creator with just a few supplies – a small piece of fabric (for an embroidered handkerchief) and a few colored embroidery thread and needle are basically all you need to create these fantastic designs, which come alive literally before your eyes with a little bit of passion and a little bit of careful sewing.
But it is still nice to have some extra tools.
The best list of embroidery stitching tools, supplies, and equipment
In this article I will cover:
- The best list of embroidery stitching tools, supplies, and equipment
- What are the embroidery tools you need to start – the basic ones
- Dress maker’s Scissors
- Small Pointed Scissors
- Embroidery Thread
- Drawing materials
- Tracing paper
- Embroidery hoop
- What are the extra embroidery supplies & tools which are nice to have
- Chenille needles
- Drawing materials
- Dressmaker’s Pins
- Needle threader
- Crewel Embroidery needles
- Tape measure
- Iron and ironing board
- Tapestry needles
- Pinking scissors
- Wooden frames
- Beading needles
- Ball pointed scissors
- Embroidery transfer materials
- Embroidery patterns
- Thread snips
- Measuring instruments
- Thread organizers
- Applique scissors
- Hand towels
- Fray check
- Micro tip scissors
- Pin cushion
- Seam ripper
- Laying tool
- Gold work
- Aari embroidery
- Applique work
- Canvas work
- Ribbon embroidery work
- Cross stitch work
- Punch embroidery
What are the embroidery tools you need to start – the basic ones
The basic hand embroidery needles are available in a kit with all the essentials you need to start. Checkout this post on the Different Types of Hand Sewing Needlesavailable.
Dress maker’s Scissors
This is the basic fabric-cutting scissors which you most probably already have.
Small Pointed Scissors
A small-bladed, very sharp pair of scissors is an essential tool. Checkout the other 12 types of cutting tools you need for sewing.
This is for jotting down design ideas, layouts and other creative stuff.
Wool, linen, silk, cotton thread – Machine embroidery reel and hand embroidery bundles; whatever thread we use, make sure it is color fast and durable.
Checkout the 12 types of hand embroidery threads available.
Water soluble pens/ chalks / Pencils. You can even use soap slithers for drawing embroidery designs.
Checkout the other 8 ways of transferring embroidery designs for your work
You can embroider on any fabric – checkout the post on the 10 best fabric to choose for your embroidery projects for more details.
The embroidery hoop stretches the cloth appropriately – essential to make very neat embroidery stitches. It is available in many sizes. In hand embroidery, we use a circular hoop, whereas, in machine embroidery, it is mostly a rectangular-shaped hoop.
For large projects in hand embroidery, you may want a free-standing hoop so that you can use both hands, or you may need to stretch a big fabric – you can buy all kinds of hoops to suit your needs.
Checkout the post on the different types of hoops and frames used in embroidery
I have an 18 inch see-through plastic ruler and a small one that fits inside my hoop.
Thimble is used for keeping your hands safe from the pricking needles and prevent blood-staining on embroidery.
What are the extra embroidery supplies & tools which are nice to have
These are sharp-pointed needles with long thin eyes, and you can generally do all types of embroidery with this.
Drawing boards, drawing pins, a variety of cards and paper, and drawing and coloring materials.
Ensure that you have the sharpest and finest ( without rust), as otherwise, your fabric will be marred ; Safety pins also come useful.
This small handy tool with a wire loop is a necessity for some with difficulty in threading needles. Checkout the different ways to thread the needle easily.
Crewel Embroidery needles
Crewel needles are sharp-pointed needles with a round eye and are used for french knots and other knot stitches. The round eye makes it easy for the wrapped thread to slip down.
Checkout this post if you would like to know more about reading the tape measure correctly
This is used to coat thread to protect it from tangles and breaks.
Iron and ironing board
These needles are blunt and are used for doing cross stitch, open work embroidery, wool embroidery etc.
Awls or stiletteos for making eyelet holes, useful in Broderie Anglaise embroidery.
This is especially useful for backing up work on delicate fabrics
Pinking scissors give a zig-zag edge is useful to prevent fabric edges unraveling.
Checkout the 15 ways of finishing fabric edges in sewing
A tambour frame and a slate frame with the necessary pegs, string, tape, etc.
To attach beads and sequins and many other things.
This small thin needle is especially suited for beading even small beads.
Ball pointed scissors
This scissors is great for doing lace and net applique and embroidery
Embroidery transfer materials
Black and white pounce, a pounce pad, paints, and a fine brush; A light table; Carbon sheets in various colors.
Checkout the various methods you can use for embroidery transfers
Metal, wood, or paper templates for patchwork and quilting.
Buyable patterns can be transferred to the fabric. There are even pre-printed fabrics available in the market for those who are eager to get on with the embroidery.
These small snips help in cutting extra threads out.
Measuring instruments—set square, protractor, compass, ruler, etc.
Reference books for embroidery techniques and designs.
Tangled, messy thread is a nightmare all embroidery enthusiast is familiar with. Small cardboard organiser to wind the extra thread and boxes to keep the thread neatly are very nice to have. More tips on organizing threads here.
If you have trouble seeing small stitches or just want to see the delicate work upclose these are handy tools to have .
This scissors is shaped like a duck bill and helps in cutting applique without damaging the nearby fabric.
Towels keep the hands clean for your work to be spotless. Keep towels or paper tissues handy.
This is an alternative to finishing the edges of the fabric. You can use this on thread ends too.
Micro tip scissors
These small scissors have a very sharp point at the tip and big rings for your hands.
Keeps the needles handy and safe.
Hopefully, you will not be using it, but if a mistake is made, you need the tool to rip the stitches open.
Read more on using seamripper correctly.
These have angled ends and help in picking stitches with precision. Also helps to pick small beads, crystals, and sequins.
This is a long needle-like tool that helps in laying the thread easily.
Special embroidery techniques call for specific types of tools and equipment. If you are interested in a specific type of embroidery, try to get hold of these tools for a successful attempt.
Metal threads, velvet-lined box for cut pieces, mullore for straightening and bending wire, and shellac for painting over the wire when embroidery is complete. For zardosi work, you can buy a special zardosi needle (Tambour needle).
Aari needle – a needle with a hook at one end.
Freezer paper, stencils.
Paste, pot and brush.
Ribbon embroidery work
Silk and cotton ribbons, chinelle needle with big enough eye for the ribbon to pass through, awl.
Cross stitch work
A special ruler – stitch count ruler. You get this for Aida, linen, and canvas. With this ruler, you can count the threads or boxes in an inch on the material you are doing the work.
Punch embroidery needles.
A pleater is good to have for professional pleating ; Checkout the post on Beginner’s guide to Smocking