Hand Embroidery Essentials Guide (Second Edition) - Digital Download


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Over the years, I’ve fielded many questions from newbies and advanced stitchers alike about where I source my tools and supplies. I wanted to create a comprehensive guide that answers all of these questions - and more - in one place. This guide, a digital download, details everything you need to set yourself up for success with hand embroidery. I’ve written over 33 pages of tips and resources including direct links to my favorite must-have supplies. You can expect my honest reviews and reflections on what I’ve learned over my years as a full-time embroidery artist.

This is the second edition of the guide, updated with an abundance of new resources since the guide was first published in 2019, as well as supplier updates since many businesses were affected by the pandemic (and many new small businesses started!). You won't find anything else like this out there in the market.

Sections include guides to selecting the best hoops, needles, threads, fabric, scissors, and various supplemental tools and aids, as well as methods to transfer your designs (including onto dark fabric), different ways to finish your embroidery (including framing), and an exhaustive resources list, including my go-to books, videos, online and in-person classes, patterns, and kits. Frequently asked questions are answered in many sections as well.

Ordering and downloading details: There are 3 ways to download the guide, ensuring you won't have a hard time figuring out how to download it.

1) After placing your order, there will be a link to directly download the guide on the final order confirmation page. Under your order number at the top of the page, you'll see a link that says "Click here to download the digital hand embroidery essentials guide."

2) You'll receive an order confirmation email from "Happy Cactus Designs" with the email address hello@happycactusdesigns.com. Open the email and click the blue "View Your Order" button. Under your order number at the top of the page, you'll see a link that says "Click here to download the digital hand embroidery essentials guide."

3) You will also receive a second email soon after you place your order with a link to download the guide to your computer or other device. Please note that this is a separate email from your order confirmation email. The subject line is "Download Hand Embroidery Essentials" and will come from sender "Happy Cactus Designs" with the email address noreply@sendowl.com. SendOwl is the app used to deliver your digital download. Please check your spam folder if you don't see these emails. Follow the link after "You can download your digital products from..." in the body of the email.

The file is 19.5 MB.

If you have problems with your download, contact hello{at}happycactusdesigns.com.

Important notes to consider before purchase: 

This guide does not teach you how to stitch and it does not contain patterns. I do provide guidance about the best places to learn stitches and to purchase patterns. 

I live in the United States, so most of the resources I share are from U.S.-based companies.

You will need a PDF reader (such as Adobe Acrobat) to open and view the guide. Download one here

This purchase is for a digital download only; you will not receive a physical item.

Due to the digital nature of the product, all sales are final.

This guide is for personal use only. Reproduction and/or distribution is strictly prohibited. Copyright 2019, 2022 Happy Cactus Designs LLC.

You may download the guide three separate times.

Sales tax is collected for digital products sold to residents of Colorado.