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Have you ever wondered how those beautiful embroidery designs are done on a piece of garment? Well, that's because of embroidery digitizing. It is a new technique being by most embroiderers that enables them to easily create custom embroidered artwork, despite the complexity of its designs. In this embroidery procedure, the original design or image is first converted into digital data that will serve as a guide of the embroidery machine when stitching the pattern.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

To come up with a high quality custom embroidered artwork or product; there are a few things that you have to watch for. Let's start on the designs. Where to get the embroidery design? Of course the designs for embroidery will depend on your interest. A lot of websites out there are offering free to download designs for embroidery so you can have them online. Free to download embroidery designs are available in different categories like alphabets, nature, animals, profession, home decor, food and wine, babies, religious, sports, borders and corners, etc. But if you want for an absolutely unique custom embroidered artwork, you can also create your designs for embroidery and then just send the image file to your trusted embroidery shop. Most of the embroidery shops nowadays are equipped with innovative embroidery equipments such as computers, modern sewing machines, and embroidery digitizing software that helps them produce quality custom embroidered artwork bringing out whatever design you want.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).


Another important thing that you should be cautious about if you are craving for the best quality custom embroidered product is the selection of embroidery threads. The threads used significantly affect the overall appearance of embroidery designs. Two of the most commonly used treads for embroidery are polyester and rayon. Each has its own advantage and disadvantages over the other. For rayon, it is no doubt that this kind of yarn produces remarkable embroidery designs because of its attractive high sheen and consistent trouble-free performance. However, this kind of embroidery thread is very thin and makes it hard to adjust tension. Hence, expect that the embroidery designs made out of rayon might endure for a long time. The polyester on the other hand is one of the sturdy threads that can be used in stitching designs. This kind of yarn is more economical than rayon and can also give the same effect as with the former thread. Additionally, polyester is colorfast and will not shrink thus, this makes the thread perfect to use when embroidering baby clothes.

Lastly, it is also imperative to choose the right fabric. There are so plenty of fabrics that can be used for embroidery and each textile work better for specific pattern. How will you know if you are using the right fabric for embroidery design? Well, you have to consider the heaviness of your project. Say you want to incorporate some ornaments like beads, sequins, beadings on the materials; you will definitely need a heavier fabric to hold the weight of the knick-knacks. But if the embroidery designs will be purely stitches, then you do not need for a heavier fabric. The kind of finish you want your custom embroidered project as well as the strength and durability of the weave also matters when choosing the fabric to use.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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