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Stitchers cover the world with love one stitch at a time. Those of us who do any type of fiber art seem to always be presenting our handiwork as gifts so this is a very true statement Whether its an elegant tablecloth cute baby blanket or utility tote we re doing our best to spread the love.

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.

In the world of machine embroidery the types of crafters are as varied as the projects they create. And the recipients of our gifts make the realm of possibilities absolutely huge Your little ballerina might not actually want girly stuff. The elegant hostess might want something a little more fun and funky. And the manly types might not want fishing themed gifts every time. Just as we fiber artists want some variety so do our friends.

When someone thinks of machine embroidery designs the usual visual that comes to mind is lovely old fashioned floral or nursery themed designs. Those who design embroidery patterns have branched out in the last few years to add variety to whats available and these designers are very generous with their free embroidery designs for us to try.

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).

The first very new thing that I learned was free standing lace designs, which were just the utmost in elegance to me. Then came foundation quilt piecing in the hoop and applique. More quilt embroidery patterns joined the group. And those are just the new techniques. As well as old fashioned florals and redwork or nursery designs we have so many new design options. My favorite designer creates exquisite stained glass portraits and fashion forward purses. Others specialize in in the hoop projects like bags for cell phones cameras and e readers.

A few designers with wonderful imagination have created designs that are meant to be stitched on paper including the toilet variety or over Mylar for wonderful shine. Others have designs that are beautifully suited to adding hot fix crystals and jewels as well as other embellishment items making for very one of a kind designs.

As well as florals nursery country redwork and other traditional types of designs our vocabulary has expanded. We now have designs with a Jacobean or Parisian flair Cross stitch and Battenberg have joined Hardanger and Candle wicking in our design dictionaries. We can now create beautiful filet crochet on the embroidery machine instead of spending weeks on it by hand. We can create fantastic wall art of stunning beauty and the cutest risque totes and tees. There has never been a more exciting time to do machine embroidery.

Of course all these new design styles and techniques have created a need for new embroidery supplies as well. We now have several different water-soluble stabilizers that can be washed away after making free-standing designs and water soluble thread too Sticky stabilizer and magnetized hoops for holding delicate or difficult project materials are a huge help. Specialized embroidery thread in so many varieties including metallic variegated glow in the dark and even a thread that shrinks creating an interesting crinkled result. All of these options keep me in a frenzy to try them all Like a lot of stitchers I collect the tools and supplies so that I can make any type of project at any time. Now I would really like to request that the designers create a free embroidery clone to help me out.

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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