If you want to get stitching, here are a few things I find invaluable, although not all absolutely required.
Firstly, how to get started?
I clean my house first, that way I feel good that I have done a chore, before settling down to something for me. Also it means that I have clean surfaces for where my work goes & less distractions.
Then I have a coffee & something to eat:
then wash hands - always try to have clean hands before starting.
Inspiration can come from many places, including blogs, websites & books...
A couple of things I find, just make the job easier are a good iron & ironing board cover. I don't overly like ironing & mostly have one for sewing, so why not Pink?
my ironing board cover came from a home & garden show & is super thick - makes ironing even easier!
Sewing machine... I got my first sewing machine when I was about 4 or 5, it was plastic & really worked... until the needle broke :(
Then for my 21st (I think) my Mum bought me this one, which was second-hand & fully reconditioned. I don't use it often, but it still goes & fairly well - not too fancy, does what I want it to do.
And as I am a chronic multi-tasker & mostly organised person, these zip lock bags have been great to keep almost a whole project together.
As you can see i have the above project on the go... but for Easter my amazing mother gave me this:
looking forward to starting.. although there are parts which have me scratching my head... but I'll get there - the woman who made this kit, has a blog - which I will link to, & is a member of the North Otago Embroiderers Guild (with my Mum).