Today, I’m going to send you down a sewing rabbit hole!
If you haven’t discovered the goldmine that YouTube is when it comes to looking for how-to information – not just for embroidery, but for just about anything – you might be missing the boat!
With today’s smart TVs, smart phones, smart tablets, wifi connections and everything else, it’s easier than ever to watch how-to videos easily, while you’re actually trying to do whatever they’re trying to show you.
My own YouTube video channel is here. The easiest way to always find the channel is to subscribe to it (it’s free – “subscribe” in this case just means “follow”) while you’re logged in to YouTube. That way, you can come back to it quickly by going to your own subscription list.
If you have a smart TV, you can pull my channel up by accessing it through the YouTube app using your own subscription list or by searching “Mary Corbet” on the app, and you can watch my embroidery stitch videos from the comfort of your stitching chair.
I subscribe to several YouTube channels (or “YouTubers”), covering different topics from needlework to travel to calligraphy to IT to my own family’s channels and more!
Today, I’m going to share with you two YouTubers that I think are handy for needleworkers. They don’t focus specifically on embroidery, but they supply good information that can pertain to embroidery. They are both professional tailors who hand finish the bespoke clothing they make.
The first video here is by Rory Duffy. He is a Master Tailor based in New York who hand-finishes custom tailored goods.
He has a very interesting YouTube channel with loads of tailoring videos on it. Most of the videos are relatively short. I find all of them fascinating, even when they’re covering things I’d never actually do – like cutting out parts of a suit.
I also like this short video on managing a skein of silk thread.
If you browse through Rory Duffy’s video list, you’re bound to find plenty of others that are informative and worth watching.
The Yorkshire Tailor is also on YouTube, but the channel is a bit stagnant, with only a few videos on it.
Still, a couple of those are worth watching!
Along the thimble theme, check out this very short video with a thimble tip – how to adjust a metal thimble and why.
And his video on hand-sewn buttonholes is quite good. You might find the preparation of the silk thread interesting. While we use beeswax in certain types of hand embroidery (goldwork, for example), we don’t necessarily heat the thread (it would make goldwork take Forever). But for hand sewing as shown here, it’s a great tip!
When you have time and you’re ready to explore, I hope you’ll delve into some of these videos!
Enjoy your Wednesday!