Step-By-Step Guide to Embroidery Designs

Step-By-Step Guide to Embroidery Designs

Embroidery is the ancient art of creating designs onto fabric by using needle and thread, and sometimes even wire. It dates back to ancient China and has made its mark in fashion all over the world. But embroidery is not just a pastime belonging to the generation of our grandparents. In contemporary fashion, embroidery is a popular design choice and is often used to make logos on polo shirts. But the possibilities with embroidery are endless, from custom designs on t-shirts and sweaters to hats, caps, and canvas bags. Designs with embroidery are classy and timeless, and personalized embroidery can make beautiful gift items that both stand apart and stand the test of time. 

How to make custom embroidered designs

  1. Choose a design platform

    In the tech world that we live in, embroidery designs can be created using a graphic design app or platform rather than being drawn directly onto fabric as it was once done. Some platforms that can help you get started include Canva, a popular free resource that includes various design templates or Adobe Photoshop for more seasoned designers who can create sophisticated designs of their own. A2Z has embroidery experts who can also help you create a custom design for you based on your ideas and requirements. Your digitized design will then be input into an embroidery machine that will work its magic.

  2. Choose thread colors

    Similar to choosing ink to complement your design and fabric for dtg or dtf prints, choosing your thread color is a critical step in embroidery design. If you have a minimalist design, opt for a limited set of colors, or even one single color. If you have an intricate design, like florals, using several colors can create a beautiful embroidered outcome. Another factor to consider with colors is that neon and metallic colors are generally not achievable with embroidery since the thread that is used for embroidery is white thread that is dyed using CMYK colors. 

  3. Consider sizing and detail

    Because embroidery involves the use of thread, the use of text can be a bit tricky if your design is small or minimalistic. Any letters used in your design should have a certain thickness, usually around 0.25 inches high and 0.05 inches thick, in order to be visible and clear. Besides text, this general rule of thumb applies for finer details and lines in your design. Make sure to keep lines around 0.05 inches thick as well in order to achieve a distinct and visible design. 

  4. Use heavyweight or thick fabrics

    Embroidered designs work best on fabrics that are heavyweight. Because the thread is stitched into the fabric, using lighter materials may “eat up” the thread. Thicker fabrics that can be used with embroidery include hoodies, tote or canvas bags, and caps or beanies.

    One of the benefits of embroidered design is that it adds texture to your design, achieves a very professional look, and is resistant to wear and tear or damage in the wash. This makes embroidered clothing and accessories a classic design option that will stay in your closet for years to come. 

    For a high-quality custom embroidery design, contact A2Z to obtain your quote and get started today!