NEW Hand Embroidery Video Tutorial Series!

han embroidery video tutorials

Today I’m kicking off a brand new video tutorial series on hand embroidery! This is going to be FUN!

In this first video I go over the supplies I recommend for hand embroidery! This should give you plenty of time to gather the basic supplies before the next video is released in a few weeks.

If you aren’t much of hand sewer or don’t care for embroidery (yet!) I suggest you still watch my video series! You may change your mind once you see how easy and fun it is! What I enjoy most about hand embroidery is how small, portable and relaxing it is. I also like it because I can be with my kids while I work on a project. I do most of my sewing in my studio which is a separate building from my house so it’s fun when I can sit in a rocking chair while my kids work on puzzles or art projects.

In this video I go over fabrics, embroidery hoops, needles, thread/floss, thread conditioner and share with you some other tips and ideas for getting started!


hand embroidery hoop and stitches

Some sample stitches I will teach you how to make in a future video!

Some other reasons to try hand embroidery:

• Inexpensive supplies

• No need for electricity

• Project & supplies don’t take up much space

• Doesn’t require a table or workstation (your family can have their dining room table back!)

• Great for keeping busy while traveling (road trips, airplane rides, etc.)

• Relaxing and fun!



As I add new videos to this hand embroidery series they will be archived in a video playlist where you will be able to access each one of them without having to search! All you need to do is bookmark this link and check back often to see what new videos have been added. You can also click on the image below and that will take you to the playlist where all the videos in this series will live indefinitely. You can also SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel to ensure you don’t miss any new videos. Just click here and then click the subscribe button on that page.

hand embroidery video tutorial series

Now, I’ll leave you with my first hand embroidery video on supplies! Enjoy!

Quick question: Do you love hand work? If so, what kind do you prefer?

{P.S.- If you want to learn how to make the fabric baskets featured in this video tutorial, click HERE.}

20 Responses to NEW Hand Embroidery Video Tutorial Series!

  1. Abigail July 27, 2015 at 9:15 am #

    Awesome ! That’s very common in my country. MEXICO.

  2. Lisa July 27, 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Hahaha! Now you have to show us how to make your cute baskets!!!!!!

    • Vanessa Vargas Wilson July 27, 2015 at 9:48 am #

      I already did! Lol. Check last week’s tutorial.

  3. Nana Phyllis July 27, 2015 at 10:06 am #

    Could you spell the first fabric you recommended? Thanks.

    • Vanessa Vargas Wilson July 27, 2015 at 11:14 am #

      Osnaburg. 🙂

  4. emma July 27, 2015 at 11:39 am #

    yes, show us how to make those fabric baskets.

  5. Helen Nelson-Hougland July 27, 2015 at 1:22 pm #

    Am really looking forward to following this video series on hand embroidery. The first one is great- – is the second one coming in a week? Excited to get started! Haven’t hand embroidered for YEARS. Luckily, I scored really big at an auction last year acquiring a huge amount of thread and the boxes they are stored in, patterns, needles, etc. It’s all waiting for me. : )

  6. Kathie July 27, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    Great beginning video for your new series. Quick and to the point, love it. BTW, in answer to your question, my favorite handwork is Counted Crossstitch and crocheting :-).

  7. Louise July 27, 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Good job, CG! You are inspiring me to get out my embroidery hooks and supplies. It’s a good thing to do while watching/listening to t.v. I’m looking forward to your tutorials.

  8. GrandmasBeans July 28, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    I’m excited to see the new video series!! I love the way you instruct, and always find them very clear and concise. I already have the supplies, and am always looking for new tutorials. I haven’t been embroidering long, but I do love embroidering on the wool blend felts. They hold up well, don’t need a hoop, and if you use the Sulky Fabri-Solvy, you can print your patterns, attach it to the felt and embroider through it, then just soak it in cold water to remove it… it just dissolves, like magic! Would especially like to see some Thanksgiving and Christmas patterns.

  9. cheryl s. July 28, 2015 at 12:51 am #

    Thanks much Vanessa. I can sit and do these when I do my chemo treatments-they last 3 hours long. I did some embroidery years ago and enjoyed it very much.

  10. Kathi July 28, 2015 at 6:05 am #

    Vanessa, I am getting ready to start my first hand embroidery project and am so happy I follow you and saw this intro vid.. I love to hand quilt… it is my passion actually 🙂 But I am about to piece a quilt called “Journey of a Quilter”… it is patchwork and embroidery and calls for a fusible woven webbing to be added to your cotton quilters fabric before embroidery called “Weaveline” … this pattern is from Australia.. do you know what would be similar to that product in the states? Looking forward to future hand embroidery vids 🙂 Kathi

  11. Julie July 30, 2015 at 8:02 am #

    When will the next hand embroidered video be out? Our guilde’s BOM will use embroidering and as I usually love your tutorials, I was hoping to suggest it to the BOM chair.

    • Vanessa Vargas Wilson July 30, 2015 at 2:21 pm #

      The next installment will be posted two Monday’s from now. I’m planning to upload an embroidery one every other week.

  12. Debra Willis July 31, 2015 at 1:29 pm #

    I think a lot of ladies will like this! It does not involve a lot of money & can be quickly done.

  13. Helen August 3, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    what a fantastic series! can’t wait to start viewing them!


  14. Therese Aleman August 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm #

    I already have very good idea on embroidery as I do it in my sparetime and enjoy doing it. I am looking forward to learn more embroidery stitches in your future videos. I appreciate you sharing your knowledge and talent.

  15. Christina L. Rainey December 17, 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Your video is great, I love it, thank you very much

  16. Embroidery Blog May 8, 2016 at 5:41 am #

    Hi, It looks so pretty! My daughter is really like your series. Many thanks for sharing!

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