If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give the embroiderer in your life then you’ve definitely come to the right place. I’ve been embroidering for over 40 years and in this Embroidery Gift Guide, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite embroidery supplies.
One of the great things about embroidery is that it needs very few supplies to get started. Fabric, floss, a large eyed needle, scissors, hoop and a pattern are the very basics.
So we’ll start by covering the basic supplies every embroiderer needs.
We’ll finish with some awesome gift ideas that your embroidery enthusiast, whether beginner, advanced or somewhere in between, would love to have.
Embroidery Gift Guide 2021
I've gathered 25 awesome gift ideas. Some I use on a regular basis, others are on my own Christmas wish list!
Kona Cotton Snow and the Kona Cotton White (listed below) have become two of my favorite fabrics to embroidery on.
I will sometimes embroider on a tone on tone white depending on how I want the final project to look but by far these Kona cottons are what I use most often.
From the photos, the two whites look quite different but in person the difference is more subtle so I always make sure to keep them labelled.
I use this Kona White when I'm doing Redwork or winter scenes because I love the way the floss colors pop against it.
Good quality embroidery needles are a must. They will make stitching smoother and more pleasurable.
DMC has gathered this set of popular floss colors into one pack that are just the right size to fit in a stocking. It contains one skein each of 36 colors.
Here's another pack of DMC floss that would fit perfectly in a stocking. This one contains 2 skeins each of 18 variegated floss.
Your embroiderer will need something to wind all that floss on to keep it from getting tangled.
Each pack contains 56 bobbins so if you purchase both of the floss packages above, be sure to pick up two packages.
These are the bobbins I use to keep my floss neat, tidy and organized.
These cute embroidery floss bobbins are so cute and would be a unique touch as compared to the plain white bobbins shown above.
And speaking of neat, tidy and organized, one of these floss organizer boxes makes that really easy.
This particular organizer box comes complete with plastic bobbins and adjustable compartments so you wouldn't need to buy the paper bobbins above.
Stainless Steel Embroidery Scissors
A good pair of stainless steel embroidery scissors that can be kept in a project bag are great to have.
I could have created an entire post just on embroidery scissors. There are so many pretty ones to choose from. I've chosen just a few to share with you today.
If you don't find ones here that you think your recipient might like, click through on one of them, scroll down to related products section and have a browse through until you find just the right pair.
Aren't the handles of these embroidery scissor just so happy. They make me smile and I'm sure they'd make any recipient smile too.
The classic beauty of this set of scissors would make any stitcher feel extra special each time they used them.
This beautiful set comes in a gift box with scissors, matching thimble and tassel.
It would make the perfect stocking stuffer.
Embroidery hoops come in various sizes from small to quite large.
I prefer to work with a 4" hoop because it fits nicely in my hands. Others prefer larger hoops.
If you're buying for a beginner a variety pack of hoops would give them the opportunity to try out different sizes to see what works best for them.
Personally, even as an experienced embroiderer, I'd love to receive a variety pack of hoops.
Hoops for Framing
Embroidery hoops are also a quick and easy way to frame a finished piece. Below, I've linked to 8" hoops but you can buy these in bulk in a variety of shapes and sizes.
With this 12 pack set, your embroidery enthusiast would been able to frame a new embroidery every month for a year.
One thing I love about wooden hoops is that they can be painted to showcase the embroidery they're framing.
Whether the recipient is a complete beginner or more advanced, they're sure to love this step-by-step guide to more than 200 stitches.
If I haven't used a stitch for a while I sometimes need to have my memory refreshed and a guide like this would be just so handy.
This book is on my own wish list.
This book not only includes step-by-step stitch guides but also explains a variety of different embroidery techniques. Great for a beginner but also for someone who's been embroidering for a while and wants to expand their skill set.
This handy carry-along stitch reference guide would be great to pop into a project bag. It would be another great stocking stuffer.
Patterns to Embroider
And of course, they'll want patterns to embroider.
Embroidery Patterns Right Here on Super Mom - No Cape!
You'll find all kinds of wonderful embroidery patterns in the blog archives.
If your embroiderer is also a Jane Austen fan, they might really appreciate this Jane Austen Embroidery book with patterns from the era reimagined for ours.
How to Transfer Embroidery Pattern to Fabric
There are a few different methods that can be used to transfer patterns from paper onto to fabric.
The simplest and most inexpensive way it to tape the pattern to a window, center the fabric over the pattern and tape that to the window. Then use an HB pencil to trace the pattern.
I've provided other options below some of which would make great stocking stuffers to go along any other embroidery gifts you select.
I've been using the Clover brand of water soluble fine tipped marker for years. Usually it washes out completely with just a few spritz of water. However on the rare occasion when it doesn't fade away, I quick rinse in a sink of water always does the trick.
DMC also has a water soluble pen for tracing embroidery onto fabric.
Transfer pencils are another option. The pattern is traced and then ironed on to the fabric.
The thing to remember when using transfer pencils is the the embroidery pattern needs to be reversed and then traced to obtain the correct orientation for the pattern.
The lines can also sometimes be difficult to remove so it's best to do a test before beginning the project. Dawn dish liquid will often do the trick but not always.
So I use this option when the fabric that I'm working on isn't see through such as when I was making embroidered fleece mittens.
The transfer pencils also come as a kit which include tracing paper.
These Sulky Stick N Stitch sheets can be run through your printer to print digital embroidery patterns. They have a peel off backing that you remove before positioning the printed pattern on the fabric to be embroidered. After the stitching is complete, the sheets can be washed away.
While using a brightly lit window works for tracing embroidery patterns onto fabric, a light pad makes the job much easier and more comfortable.
I purchased one a few years ago. I love it! And my shoulders and arms thank me. 🙂
I've been meaning to write a review of this magnifying glass floor lamp ever since I bought one and I do still intend to do that.
Embroidering is so much easier when you have good light to see by and the magnifying glass means that I can see to create even the tiniest of stitches.
Last but not least, if you're looking to really spoil the embroiderer in you life, buy them one of these 6 drawer floss cabinets.
The floss storage containers that were listed earlier are perfectly functional and get the job done but this does the same thing while looking beautiful.
It measures approximately 12 x 17 x 7 1/2" (30 x 43 x 19cm) and holds up to 450 floss bobbins.
When I saw this, it was immediately added to my wish list.
Add a little something handmade
If you happen to be an embroiderer yourself and want to add a little something handmade to your gift how about this Embroidered Butterfly Pincushion.
Or maybe this simple Needlebook made with felt.
I hope you’ve found this list useful for choosing the perfect gifts for anyone on your list who loves to embroider.
Have I missed anything? Let me know in the comments and I’ll get it added.
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