Embroidery Journaling – How to Get Started
Q: So, what exactly is Embroidery Journaling anyway?
A: It’s a simple piece of fabric contained in an embroidery hoop, with (ideally) 365 days’ worth of tiny things that represent the day you had. Did you celebrate something? Was it a windy day? Did you eat something you liked? All the things you stitch represent your day.
Q. What are the rules of Embroidery journaling, Time Capsules, 365 Days of stitching, One year of stitches, or embroidery threaders?
A. None! Absolutely no rules need apply! Go wild!
Q. Do I have to stitch keep my piece on a hoop at the end of the year, or can I do something else with it?
A. Remember, there are no set rules, stitch on a jean jacket sleeve, a table runner, make it into a quilt, etc. You don’t have to follow anyone’s rules but the ones you make up.
Q. How do I finish my hoop after the year is done?
A. Any way you’d like. I have seen washi taped around the wooden hoop, duct tape, ribbon, fabric, etc. Find a way to make it uniquely yours.
Q. How do I connect with others doing the embroidery journaling?
A. There are Facebook groups out there, but the majority of the people I see who do the yearlong stitching are on Instagram. If you type in the search bar, #365daysofstiching #journalthreaders #timecapsule #embroideryjournaling #oneyearofstitches you’ll find your new best friends. Follow a few people and get to know them.
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Items You’ll Need to Get Started:
- Needle (any will do as long as your thread fits through the eye and the tip can go through the material.
- Material. I prefer muslin, but you can stitch your curtains as long as it makes you happy.
- Hoop. I prefer a 14-inch, but you can choose any size you like.
- Various embroidery threads. Use multiple colors, or just one, it’s totally up to you.
- A pattern (you can use this one for free!) or a way to divide sections to stitch on.
- Fabric marking pens (these are my favorite)
- Your imagination.
[Idea!] If you are short on imagination, check out Instagram, Search engines, or Pinterest for ideas. Sometimes if you type in “cartoon” or “simple line drawing” in front of what you’re looking for you’ll find images that are easy for you to draw vs. a photo.
[Idea!} There are two good books out there that will help inspire you and give you some ideas to master the world of Embroidery Journaling. Check them out below:
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