Having an embroidery kit is definitely a must-have for any household or office not only for leisure; it can also double as an emergency sewing kit in case you need to make quick fixes. If you think about it, an embroidery kit would typically contain the usual needle and thread, right? Yes, and no. If you want to organize your things properly, it is also important to make sure that you have the right kind of materials on hand.

After all, you can save a lot of time and effort in your project when all of your materials are available and good to go. Here are our top four essentials that every embroider needs.

The Right Container

Having the right storage option is the first step. It is important that your actual kit is light, transportable, and easy to use. You can have a proper sewing toolbox that has small drawers or pockets if you intend on investing for long term projects. If you want to store everything in a pouch or tote bag, we advise that you segregate your items using zip locks or zippered mesh bags. It is also handy to store all your design ideas and notes all in one envelope.


There are many kinds of needles used in embroidery. However, we recommend these two are the essentials in any kit:

  • Crewel Needle —Known as the most basic embroidery needle, the crewel needle has a sharp tip for piercing tightly woven fabric, long eye for different kinds of embroidery threads, and a slightly long shaft for a firm hold.
  • Tapestry Needle — It has a shorter shaft than the crewel needle, with a blunt tip, preventing you to accidentally snagging other fabrics in the fabric. This is commonly used for cross stitches.


When it comes to selecting threads for your project, imagine a huge selection of paint or coloring materials — the choices are almost infinite! It is important to start with the basics: cotton embroidery floss, pearl cotton, silk thread (which is a bit pricier), and satin floss.

You can also experiment with other kinds such as Metallic, Satin, rayon, overdyed, wool, wired, and various novelty threads. It is also a good idea to have a small pack of ribbons, beads, buttons, and sequins available.


Remember that a good pair of embroidery scissors is different from craft or utility scissors. It is usually smaller and thinner than other kinds so you can use it to cleanly cut threads and fabric.

To further help you in your embroidery projects, give us a call here at On the Cuff and we can provide you a free quotation and advice for your personal or business needs.