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How To Practice Embroidery

If you’ve landed on this page, chances are that you’re learning how to embroider and wondering how to practice embroidery stitches and all the new skills you’ve learned. You want to get even better at embroidery! So it’s super important to practice stitching a ton until it becomes muscle memory! Here are a couple of the best ways to practice and get yourself up to speed.

how to practice embroidery

If you haven’t already, check out this beginner embroidery guide to start learning everything!

Fabric To Practice Embroidery

You’ll want to find a cheap fabric that’s easy to stitch on because chances are, you’re going to go through a lot of fabric and mess up from time to time…and that’s ok! This is how you learn anything.

A fabric that is great for practicing is muslin. This cotton fabric is some of the cheapest fabric you can find online and at the fabric store.

Here’s why it’s great to embroider on:

  • the fabric is tightly woven without large holes
  • the weight of it will hold up under the tension embroidery stitches
  • the weave of the fibers is even, which will help to keep stitches neat

Do you have some extra fabric already and you’re wondering if it’s ok to use? Check out how to determine the best fabric to use for embroidery.

Practice Embroidery Stitches

The very first thing you’ll want to practice is basic embroidery stitches. Don’t overwhelm yourself, though. Select a handful of stitches you’d like to perfect and keep working on them until you feel super comfortable.

Embroidery Sampler Pattern

This sampler embroidery pattern is a fun practice pattern that helps you to learn several beginner friendly embroidery stitches. Sampler patterns are an amazing way to start practicing. There isn’t as much pressure to make the piece look perfect but you’ll still have a nice looking design when you’re finished.

Beginner Kits

The last way that you can practice embroidering is simply through making something! There are so many beginner embroidery kits out there to choose from. Most will come with instructions for getting started, which colors to use where, and instructions for each embroidery stitch.

Check out this post that has a roundup of some of the best modern embroidery kits, most of which are beginner friendly!