How To Hand Embroider on Tulle Fabric

Tulle is a light fabric. Hand embroidering on Tulle fabric may seem impossible due to this. However, it can and has been done by lots of embroiderers. When you want to embroider on Tulle fabric, the first thing you need to do is to select a good fabric. Select a tulle fabric with small holes. This ensures that your embroidery thread can be held by this light and airy fabric. 

How Do You Embroider Tulle Fabric By Hand?

Once you have selected the tulle fabric with the smallest holes, you need to place a stabilizer on it. A water-soluble stabilizer is the best for tulle fabric.  Hoop the fabric and the stabilizer. Once hooped, transfer your design onto the fabric. Make sure to use easy to wash off markings when making the design on the fabric.

Thread your embroidery threads with floss and start embroidering. When you are through, dip the tulle in water to wash off the stabilizer and the markings of your design. You can now display your tulle embroidery. 

Step 1. Select the tools and materials that you need to hand embroider tulle fabric. First, you will need a good tulle fabric. The best tulle fabric for embroidery has small holes.

Since tulle is a light fabric, you need a fabric that will handle the embroidery stitches comfortably and with ease. You also need embroidery needles. You need the sharpest needle you can get for hand embroidery.

This ensures that you can get the stitches through the small holes with ease. Use a sharp 75/11 needle to embroider on your tulle fabric.

Embroidery floss is the next thing that you will need for this project. Buy your floss according to the design you will use for embroidery. You will also need a hoop to hold your fabric taut as you embroider. 

Also, buy a water-soluble stabilizer. It will ensure that your stitches hold properly onto the tulle fabric.

When you have all the materials to embroider, start.

Step 2. Prepare your embroidery design. There are many sources of designs. You can buy a pattern, get one from a magazine or make one. You can create a template that you will use to transfer your design onto the tools fabric, 

You can use tracing paper as your template and trace the design from its source to the paper.

Step 3. Hoop your tulle fabric. Cut and bring the amount of tulle fabric you will require to the hoop. Hooping the fabric ensures that your fabric is taut when you start embroidering.

A taut tulle fabric ensures that you can make fine embroidery stitches on the fabric. This helps to create a nice outline on the fabric. A loose fabric will cause the stitches to bunch up and cause your embroidery to be un-appealing. 

Also, cut a piece of water-soluble stabilizer that will fit into the hoop perfectly and hold the fabric and stitches stable as you embroider. You can spray water-soluble adhesive onto your stabilizer to ensure that it sticks on the fabric properly. This will allow you to embroider easily on the tulle fabric.

Step 4. Now, you can transfer your design onto the hooped tulle. Place your template onto the hoop and trace the design onto the fabric. Make sure to use clear pens when doing this. Also, make sure that the markings you make can be easily washed or wiped away. 

When you have your design on the tulle fabric, you are now ready to start embroidering. 

Step 5. Thread your embroidery needle with floss. When you start stitching make sure to do it gently. You may damage the fabric if you pull the threads too strongly. You can experiment with stitches that you want to use to embroider on tulle fabric.

Being a transparent fabric, it will be difficult to keep your stitches from being seen on the underside of the fabric. However, this will be greatly influenced by the stitches you choose to use for your embroidery. 

When embroidering on tulle, make sure that your needle goes through the holes rather than on the fibers of the fabric. This ensures that you have a finely placed embroidery on your fabric.  Make sure that your hoop holds the fabric and stabilizer taut. This enables you to see the holes in the fabric that your needle needs to go through. Also 

You can secure your embroidery stitches on tulle fabric by knotting them at the back. You can also use glue on the knots to ensure that your knots are properly secured to the back of the fabric. This helps to hide the knots and to keep your embroidery neat. 

Step 6.  When you finish embroidering, you now need to remove the stabilizer from your fabric. The first thing you will do is undo the hoop to release the tulle fabric and the stabilizer. Separate the fabric and the hoop gently to ensure that the hoop doesn’t catch and destroy the fabric. 

If you have any excess stabilizer around your embroidery, cut it out so that you are only left with the part on the embroidery.

Step 7. You can now soak the stabilizer in water. Make sure to follow the instruction of the stabilizer’s manufacturer. Confirm whether you will soak it in warm or cold water to wash it off the tulle fabric.

Pick the fabric out of the water and remove any remnants of the stabilizer by hand. Also, make sure that all the markings of the design on your fabric are washed away. You can try to wipe off any that remain. 

Leave the fabric on a dry surface to let the water drip off and to let the fabric dry properly. 

Step 8. You have now finished embroidering on your tulle fabric. You can leave your embroidery as it is or you can incorporate it into another project. Depending on the size of your project and your skill, you can hand embroider a tulle fabric relatively fast.

How Do You Tie Embroidery Floss Around A Needle?

When you thread a needle with embroidery floss, you need to fasten the floss. This ensures that your floss doesn’t come off the needle when you start embroidering. There are many ways you can use to tie floss onto the needle. 

The most common method is knotting the thread. Once you have threaded the needle, tie a knot at the end of the thread. You can use more than one knot for extra security. To use this knot effectively, bring your needle up the fabric until the knot touches it. Anchoring your first stitch easily. 

The other common method to use to tie your floss on a needle is by wrapping the floss around the needle. This is a bit complicated that needs you to use both hands to secure your floss onto the needle.

First, thread your needle with the amount of floss that you require. Bring the end of your threaded floss around to the front of the tip of your needle. Make a slight x as you cross your thread over your needle. While holding the other end of the thread firmly on the needle.

Wrap the loose end of the thread around the tip of the needle a few times to make the knot larger than the needle eye and strong.

Then pull the needle up to form a knot at the end of the threaded floss. Securing the floss on the needle. You are now ready to start embroidering. 

How To Choose The Best Fabric To Embroider On?

When it comes to hand embroidery, you need to choose your fabrics properly. The better your embroidery fabric, the better your results. There are several factors you need to consider before you choose a piece of fabric for hand embroidery.

First, choose fabrics made from natural materials.  These include fabrics such as cotton, silk wool, and other fabrics blended from these. Natural fabrics are easy to use. This is because they are strong and can easily hold embroidery stitches. Their fibers run vertically and horizontally allowing you to easily pass the needle through the fabric without damaging it.

The other thing you need to consider is the type of needle that you are using to embroider. There are different types of embroidery needles. Each needle is best suited for different fabrics. Make sure to use the right needle for the fabric that you choose to embroider on. You can use a sharp embroidery needle to embroider on light fabrics. This needle will go through the fabric easily.

The other factor you need to consider when embroidering is to know the thread count of the fabric. For embroidery, you need a fabric with a low thread count. A low thread count on the fabric means that the weave is not tight. This means that you can embroider on it easily. 

Finally, consider whether you have the right skills to embroider. Your skills will determine the fabric you will use to embroider.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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