6 Best Embroidery Kits for Absolute Beginners in Singapore
Even before it became a pandemic hobby, the art of embroidery was already captivating.
You’ve probably ‘oohed and aahed’ at the delicate beadwork on couture dresses, or marveled at the silk threads that adorn the finest designer bags. More recently, the feminine tradition has even been applied to menswear – see Kim Jones’ colorful sneakers and bags for Dior.
Impressive in its complexity, embroidery is one of those skills that is actually easier than it looks. Of course, it takes time and dedication to really master the craft, but it’s not impossible to get into sewing as a complete novice. Anyone who has been in an embroidery studio can attest to that.
With the multitude of embroidery tutorials you can find online, all you really need is a needle, thread, hoop and fabric to work with. And these are duly provided in the many affordable embroidery kits we’ve listed below, covering any form of embroidery that might pique your interest, from Japanese Sashiko stitching to fancy flowers to ribbon embroidery.
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If you want to get familiar with the basics, such as the backstitch, the fishbone stitch and the French knot, this kit is for you. It offers an easily stamped embroidery fabric with a floral design that you can follow along with the needles, threads, and instruction manual you’ll need. Plus, the supplied plastic embroidery hoop is 20cm in diameter, which is a handy size to work with when you’re just starting out.
Have you already covered your embroidery basics? Then you will need options offered by this kit. Inside you’ll find a colorful assortment of yarn, a sturdy bamboo hoop, and a cloth to work on. What is particularly useful, however, is the storage case which contains all the other sewing accessories you will need, such as a thread cutter and a seam ripper. (Tip: For even more yarn and hoops, you can upgrade to this kit instead.)
Punch needle embroidery is yet another way to paint with thread, this time with thicker thread and a special needle that pierces the fabric and leaves a loop on the other side. With this kit you can choose from one of several different colorful designs to create – just be sure to check with a needle request.
Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery that primarily uses running stitch to create a patterned background, like those seen on bags from local artisan brand, @Stilnook. To give it a try, you can pick up this neatly curated set that includes three sashiko threads, a fabric swatch, and a few sashiko needles. Your tools can also be stored in the zippered canvas pouch, allowing you to work on your stitching wherever you go.
Ribbon embroidery dates back to the 18th century, but its results are no less exquisite today. The technique typically calls for silk ribbons which will be used to sew true-to-life flowers, primarily due to their shiny texture. You will find them in this kit, which offers seven different bouquet designs. (Note: The instructions provided are in Chinese, but you can still follow them with the diagrams.)
Beadwork is the perfect thing to do when you have great eyesight and lots of free time. Working with tiny beads can be tricky, but this beginner’s kit will get you used to it with enough practice. From this set you will get a printed floral canvas that you can cross stitch with a fan of Czech glass beads.