■ Hoop - Hoops come in plastic or wood and in a variety of sizes. A hoop will keep your fabric taut and allow for neater stitches. It can also act as a frame for hanging.
■ Needles - The size of the needle will depend on the fabric and thread that is used. For tightly woven or heavy fabrics you will need a sharp needle. For thick thread you will need a needle with a big eye. For these projects, we are using a lightweight linen, 6 strands of the DMC brand embroidery thread and the needle size 18.
■ Fabric - My favorites are lightweight cotton or linen. Painters drop cloths are great too. The most cost effective fabrics are recycled items like bed linens, dish towels, even old clothing.
■ Thread - Just about any yarn, string or thread can be used for embroidery but the most common, readily available and the one that we are using here is the DMC brand. The colors are identified by numbers so you may want to hold on to those little paper sleeves in case you need a reference.
■ Scissors - Any will do but a small, sharp pair is the best. Mess ups happen and it is nice to have a way to easily cut out stitches that you do not want and small scissors will help you do that.
■ Carbon Transfer Paper - Many embroidery projects will be done free hand but transfer paper is a good tool to use when a specific design is desired.
■ Transfer Pen - This is essentially a pen or anything with a dull point that will not leave a mark.
■ Design - The best way to use the transfer paper is by printing your design on a lightweight copy paper. Ofcourse, any design can be copied by eye and not transferred at all but it is nice to have inspiration on hand.