Category Archives: EDTC – Learning

Learning Project – Wrap Up

As part of the EDTC300 course this semester, we were challenged to learn a new skill using online resources. I decided to challenge myself to learn to embroider. This was something I have been wanting to do for sometime now, so why not try it now. I feel extremely privileged to have the online resources to learn this new skills. There were so many blogs, videos and resources online to help me with me learning project.

This is a summary of my learning experience:

Week One: One week one I decided the embroidery would be my project of choice. I made a rough draft plan of what my next steps would be, which where to watch videos and familiarize myself with embroidery, practice basic stitches and get some supplies.

Week Two: Week two I went out and purchased my supplies that I would need for this project which was thread, embroidery hoops, fabric, needles, and some scissors. I also revisited my plan to lead up to my final embroidery piece.

Week Three: Week three I watched some online tutorials on basic stitches. I proceeded try out these stiches and get familiar with stitching. Something I did notice was I was having a hard time staying in a straight line. To correct this I drew on my fabric as a guideline.

Week Four: Week four we were challenged to find a new learning resource. Mine was an app I found called “Embroidery by Arlene Crafts”. This app was helpful and taught me some new stiches and new patterns for my embroidery project.

Week Five: Week five I moved onto something more challenging and gave my best try and embroidering leaves and also completed a basic piece. I followed tutorials and YouTube and also looked for some inspiration on Pinterest.

Week Six: Week six I looked for more resources to grown my learning about embroidery. I came across 3 different blogs, Martha Stewart, Sublime Stitching and The Spruce Crafts. I found Sublime Stitching the most helpful and used that resource for the rest on my learning journey.

Week Seven: Week seven I took sometime to think about what I wanted to do for my final piece. I found some patterns online but at the end of the day I wanted the artwork to be my own, so I drew up a design that I wanted to be on my final embroidery piece. I also found a new learning resource which was Skill Share.

Week Eight: Week Eight I transferred my design onto my fabric and got started with the first few stiches. Since this was a more complex piece than the others one’s I have completed I came across new challenges, like getting tangled up a lot. I searched the internet and came across a video that shows what to do when you get tangled and how to correct your work.

Week Nine: Week Nine I continued to work on my piece and little by little it all started coming all together. One of the things I underestimated when before learning to embroider was how time consuming it really is.

Week Ten: Week ten I was able to complete my project. Although it was very time consuming I am really happy with how it turned out. I also came across another learning curve which was the threads showing through the front. Again I turned to technology and searched for a way to fix this and was able to correct it.

I am really happy with my learning journey, as I was able to use the online resources available to me to learn a new skill. Below are my projects I was able to complete this semester. I think this is an activity I will continue to pursue, I think they would make good presents or décor to my house.

Learning Project – Finally Done.

This week, I was able to finally complete my embroidery piece. This piece took me longer then expected but it was all worth it because I am actually quite happy with the results. Once I finished my piece I went to hang it up but since the fabric is light and a bit see through, I noticed you could see the threads that are on the back. I’m sure this happens a lot, so I went to trusty old Google.ca and searched for ways on how to correct this. I came across a blog called Shiny Happy World, where it shows how to hide the messy back of your embroidery piece. What the author did in this post was put both the embroidered fabric along with another piece of fabric together and then put them on the hoop that way.

Since I had already cut my excess fabric off, this was not possible. So what I did was cut another circle of fabric and just glued it to the hoop from the back. It turned out okay but I think the method used in the Shiny Happy World blog would of been better.

Here is my process of putting on the backing as well as the finished piece.

Messy back with threads everywhere
Extra piece of fabric glued to the wooden hoop
Finished Project

I had a lot of fun learning how to embroider, and it will be a hobby I will continue to do from time to time. There were definitely a lot of learning curves and things that happened that I didn’t expect. to happen, like seeing the threads through the fabric once done and getting tangled a lot! At the end of the day, I am glad I chose this for my learning project as I had a lot of fun and it was nice to have an artistic piece to work on this semester.

Learning Project – Progress

This week I continued to work on my embroidery piece. It was nice as I am starting to get faster and it’s becoming more natural. I continued to use some learning resources which I have mentioned before. One being the blog Sublime Stitching, I go there for inspiration and for references on certain stitches. My other go to resource is YouTube, there is so much embroidery content on there. After i started working on this piece I wanted it to look a little fuller so I have decided to add a border to it. I’m not 100% sure what type of pattern I will create just yet. Overall I am really happy with how this piece is coming along.

My cat London also seemed very interested in my learning project.

In the week coming up I plan on finishing up this project and find a new learning resource. I took a quick look at my calendar to see how much time left I had to work on this project and my first thought was how is November pretty much over already. It is crazy how fast the semester is coming to an end.

Learning Project – Getting Tangled

This week I continued working on my embroidery piece. I got my design that I created and transferred over to the fabric. The fabric I am using is light and see through so it was really easy to trace it on. After working on this piece for a little while, I kind of discovered that embroidery is 10% actually embroidering and 90% getting tangled/untangled. I went online to see if other’s have had similar issues and what their solutions might be. To my surprise I was not alone, most people say the same thing. One solution would be to keep your thread shorter but then the downside would be having to re-thread the needle more often. Another advantage to keeping a shorter length of thread is that you do have more control. I decided I was going to do this as I really want this piece to turn out well. Here is my progress so far:

Other solution to help from getting your thread tangled are to use spools, floss holder, a hanger or beeswax. Since I do not have any of these, I decided to go with the small batch option. I also learned that no matter what thread you use or the quality tangling is going to happen and that’s ok! Click here to see the article that helped me fix this issue.

Another issue I was coming across was creating a stich where I did not want it to be and undoing the stitch. I came across the video below on YouTube and I found it super helpful for undoing stiches/knots and tangles.

Learning Project – Prep For Final Piece

Hi Everyone,

This week I am getting everything ready for my final piece I want to make. I want to use the skills I have learned and bring them all together to make a final embroidery project. To do this I continued to look for more learning resources online. I came across SkillShare as it seemed very professional to me. I learned that SkillShare does charge a fee but you can get a 30 day free trail. After the 30 day free trial you can pay for a years membership which is a lump sum of $141 ( works out to $11.75/month) or you can choose the monthly plan at $20/month. I signed up for the 30 day free trial but I am not sure that I will keep this service after the 30 days. They do have an assortment of videos you can learn a whole bunch of skills from so it might be worth keeping, we will see.

I thought about doing a cool pattern on a piece of clothing but there was nothing I was willing to give up, just in case it didn’t turn out the way I hope it does. I decided I will continue to use my fabric i purchased to complete this project. At first I thought about purchasing a challenging pattern but then decided I wanted the artwork to be I looked online for some challenging ideas and decided to do the picture below:

This piece will allow me to use different stitches and create different textures and I am excited to see how it comes along. Since the fabric I am using is light and transparent I will be able to trace this right onto the fabric to give myself a good guide line. I want this to be a bigger piece so I will be using my 9″ hoop to complete this. I have really enjoyed this learning process so far, I think one of the things I did underestimate was how long it takes to embroider, I know this project will take me some time but I think it will be worth it in the end. I also discovered that season 16 of Grey’s Anatomy is coming to Netflix this week so it will be nice to have something to watch since I have been watching nothing but provincial and American politics this month.

Thanks for reading.

Nelly

Learning Project – New Resources.

This week for my learning project, I decided to see what else is out there that can help me on my learning how to embroider journey. I have been leaning on YouTube videos a lot but I know there has to be more options out there. I decided to checkout other blogs and here is what I came across.

  1. Martha Stewart

Probably the queen of crafts, of course Martha Stewart has a website and a Embroidery how-to page. I found this website helpful for giving me new ideas for what I can use for different patterns and designs. There was items she mentioned that I would of never thought of to gain inspiration from, like using old Christmas cards and tracing those for a new design. On the embroidery how-to page she does have some stitches, I wouldn’t say it’s the best tool for learning how to embroider as I believe it is easier to follow a video instead pictures. Martha’s website also offers multiple other tutorials for crafts, DIY’s, entertaining, food, home and the list goes on, definitely a handy site for a lot of different things.

2. Sublime Stitching

One blog I came across is Sublime Stitching. Different to Martha’s website, Sublime Stitching focuses on embroidery and different types of stitching only. I really liked the layout of this website, the author shows projects made solely with a certain stitch, and the stitching tutorials come with multiple pictures. This will definitely be a website I will continue to use during my learning project. The website also offers products you can buy including, patterns, thread, books, tools and textiles you can embroider on and workshops you can attend.

3. The Spruce Crafts

Spruce Crafts focuses on all things crafts with embroidery being one of them. They offer embroidery tutorial pages with detailed pictures and text on how to complete certain stitches. They also offer plenty of designs, patters and ideas for your projects. This is definitely a handy website for any type of craft you want to make and has heaps of holiday crafts ideas as well. The only thing I did not like about this site was I found the pages to be a bit hectic at time’s with a lot going on, the other website’s had a cleaner layout which is something I prefer.

While all three website’s include useful information, I think I will be using Sublime Stitching the most. For me the tutorial on this site was the most user friendly and their examples are something I can draw inspiration from to help me on my learning project.

That is all for this week!

Nelly

Learning Project – Leaves and a small project.

This week I decided to continue practicing stitches and also looked into stitching different types of leaves. I went onto YouTube and found some helpful videos linked below. When I first started I was getting a bit frustrated because it was just not my day. I am not overly thrilled with how some of the leaves turned out but this was also a first attempt and I know that I just need to practice a lot more. Some of my mistakes I think I came across was trying to rush the process, I think I need to slow down and take my time. Another thing is I think my thread was to thick, normally I use 3 strands but decided to use 6 to make the leaves look thicker but it was not working and I ended up getting tangled a lot. I feel like embroidery is 10% stitching and 90% getting your thread untangled. I think it will become easier with time as I get into the flow of things. These are the videos I used to help my learning:

This is how my work turned out, I know it needs A LOT of improvement. These were definitely a lot harder to stitch then I thought! My plan is to continue working on these and also practice stitches different types of flowers.

To continue to get comfortable I completed a simple project that I found on Pinterest. This one I am happy with how it turned out and it was not a difficult project but it was a good practice piece to get more familiar with the stitches.

That is all for this week!

Nelly

Learning Project – There’s an app for that.

This week I decided to see if there was any apps out there that could teach and help me how to embroider. I discovered that the selection of apps that teach how to embroider is extremely low. I downloaded two different apps one is called Embroidery by Arlenes Crafts and Love Embroidery Magazine. Embroidery by Arlene’s Crafts was very helpful, it categorizes the stiches into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels . To learn how to complete that stich all you have to do is click on it and swipe left to see how to do it. I found this app super helpful and easy to use. On top of that she has some patterns for sale and some demo’s on certain patterns and designs.

The second app Love Embroidery Magazine was not very helpful from a learning perspective. It is an app that you can read various embroidery magazines in. At first I didn’t know it was a magazine app and I think if I would of known that at first I wouldn’t of downloaded it. Although it does not teach you how to embroider it does give you a lot of ideas for different types of projects. Some magazines are free and some you need to pay for.

For me personally, I’m not sure I would continue to use these applications as I prefer YouTube videos or some other type of video how to. This week for my project I decided to make a piece for a friend who just had a baby in August. I used some of the beginner stitches explained in Embroidery by Arlene’s Crafts. For a first piece I am not disappointed in how it turned out but I know I have a lot more practice to do and stitches/techniques to learn. Below is the finished product.

Learning Project – Stitches.

This week for my learning project I watched some videos of various types of embroidery stitches. I found plenty of videos and tutorials on YouTube and was surprised to see how many options there was. I got my embroidery fabric ready and gave a few stitches a try. I noticed I was having trouble staying in a straight line for some of them and knew I should of drawn on the fabric before starting. I think this is something I will do from now on. There is quite a few different types of stitches depending on what you want to do. Below is a link to the video I used and also a picture of my first go at these stitches. As you can see I do need some more practice. This week I am going to continue practicing and hopefully start on a floral piece that I want to do.

Learning Project – Supplies Shopping.

This week I headed out to Michael’s to purchase my embroidery supplies. Before I did this, I googled to see what I would need: thread, fabric, embroidery hoops and needles. Once I got to the store, I was pleasantly surprised by the variety of thread colours and hoop sizes. I did have a hard time finding fabric and ended up going to FabricLand later that day to find what I needed. Once I got home I got everything organized, I was able to find a storage box to organize all my different thread colours. I also finalized my plan on what my goals for this learning project are. Here is my plan so far.

  1. Watch videos online on different stiches and get familiar and confident with them.
  2. Try out a simple design, maybe a couple flowers or a rainbow – something “easy”.
  3. Try out more complicated designs with a lot of detailing.

I thought that I could maybe give these as Christmas presents this year to certain family members so I really want to excel at this embroidery thing. Below is a picture of my Michael’s and FabricLand haul!