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Starting and Tying off your Embroidery

Learn how to start and tie off a piece of embroidery with this brief video for beginners - it's super easy to get started!

 

Instructions (given in video) -

Starting:

  1. Take your needle, and cut off a length of thread - I usually use between 50cm - 70cm.
  2. Splay out one end of the thread - you can see that it's made of 6 smaller strands. Take 2 of these smaller strands, and start to separate them out from the others - it can help to use one hand to untwist the longer/thicker piece of thread as you separate them. Set aside the other 4 pieces for later.
  3. Take your 2 strands together, and snip one end - the needle will thread more easily with clean ends! Thread your needle, then tie 2 small knots in the longer end of thread. Snip the end after the knot, to stop it accidentally pulling through while you're stitching. You're ready to start!

Tying Off:

  1. When there's a small amount of thread left, flip your hoop over.
  2. At the back of your fabric, tuck your needle under some of the thread from a previous stitch. Pull it through - but leave a loop.
  3. Pass your needle through the loop to create a small knot, and pull until it tightens. I tend to do this twice, to make sure the ends stay secure.
  4. Snip the ends - and you're done!

If you've got any questions on this, let me know in the comments section below and I'll get back to you!

Sammy Bishop

Sammy Bishop

Sammy is the Founder and owner of Paraffle. She set Paraffle up as a side-venture whilst she was completing her PHD. After finishing her PHD, running Paraffle is now her full time hobby and job!

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