Embroidery is the sketching and painting of the textile world. With a needle and thread, there are endless opportunities to express yourself. In addition to acting as a canvas for your artistry, embroidery can also function as a form of mending; adding stability and life to garments.
Whether you want to capture the world around you or create a dream world, the first step is to learn the basic stitches. We turned to Rebecca Ringquist of Dropcloth Samplers to lead the way. Rebecca, a Portland-based artist, has created a series of pre-printed (with permanent ink) samplers inspired by her sketches.
The Original Sampler is a great place to start your embroidery adventures. The accompanying instructions will show you how to create four stitches: running, back, chain, and french knots. Plus, Rebecca has classes on Creativebug, an online learning platform where you can watch how-to create such stitches (and combine these stitches to make even more stitches). We have included a discount code for her classes with your kit!
The thread included in this kit is dyed with plants in our Oakland studio.
+ Dropcloth Original Sampler (10" x 12")
+ 7" or 8" Embroidery Hoop
+ Five hanks of AVFKW naturally-dyed embroidery thread
+ Embroidery needle
When working with fabric, thread, and fiber dyed with indigo, it is common and natural for the blue dye to rub off on one’s hands while sewing. This is called crocking. Although the goods have been washed, it takes pressured contact to release the extra indigo dye. Your handwork is part of the indigo dyeing process. The blue dye can be removed with hot water and soap. From working closely with indigo dyed materials through the making process, typically, the excess dye has been removed, and the crocking will cease.
Please note the fiber content of the material you are working with, and follow the applicable instructions:
Cotton or linen - Machine washable on cool cycle with pH neutral soap. Lay flat to dry.
Superwash Wool - Machine washable on cool cycle with pH neutral soap, though hand wash recommended. Lay flat to dry.
Wool and Wool blends - Handwash only in lukewarm water with pH neutral soap. Lay flat to dry.
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