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10 hand embroidery stitches that you should try

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10 hand embroidery stitches that you should try

 

If you are new to hand embroidery, this post is for you! We have curated a list with ten tutorials about the most popular hand embroidery stitches. It’s time to learn how to illustrate with needle and thread.

In case you prefer to read about machine embroidery, here you have a link to our Ultimate Machine Embroidery Guide.

On this article:

Running stitch
French knots
Backstitch
Chain stitch
Split stitch
Lazy daisy
Stem stitch
Feather stitch
Satin stitch
Seed stitch

Running stitch

 

 

The running stitch is one of the most basic hand embroidery stitches. This video by Red Ted Art gives you a great explanation. You’ll see that it is effortless! Thread your needle and get ready to try; that’s the best way to get started.

 

French knots

 

 

French knots are basic, simple, and elegant. These small yarn dots are the perfect complement for any hand embroidery composition. If you’d like to learn how to stitch them, check this tutorial by Cutesy Crafts. Her explanations are straightforward. We’re sure you’ll want to try.

 

Backstitch

 

 

To master the technique of backstretch, you should check this video by Mary Corbet from Needle and Thread. You will see that it’s elementary. Backstitch provides density to your embroidery compositions. If you integrate this technique into your patterns, you will get fantastic results.

 

Chain stitch

 

 

Chain stitch imitates the aspect of crochet strings. It gives your compositions the element of a braided thread. This stitch is versatile and super easy to execute. Follow this tutorial by Baraan Creations, and you’ll find out the best way to create it.

 

Split stitch

 

 

This tutorial by Sarah Homfray is a great resource to learn about the Split Stitch. This hand embroidery movement is perfect for filling empty spaces in your compositions. The surface of the stitches is dense and professional. You should give it a try.

 

Lazy daisy

 

 

The lazy daisy is one of the sweetest stitches that you can find. It’s super easy to create, and it looks fantastic in cute, whimsical compositions. If you want to learn how to create these beautiful embroidered flowers, check this video by Stitch and Design.

 

Stem stitch

 

 

The stem stitch is simple but resourceful. It gives your embroidery artwork a dense look. This stitch is versatile, and it’s vital for a lot of compositions. If you’d like to learn how to do it step by step, check this tutorial by the talented Mar Pend├ís.

 

Feather stitch

 

 

The feather stitch is a bit more elaborated than other examples on this list, but it’s cool. This tutorial by Crafty Creations describes every step correctly. And it’s so relaxing to watch! Confident embroiderers will enjoy this one a lot.

 

Satin stitch

 

 

Satin stitch imitates the shape of small leaves or water drops. It’s adorable! With this video by the talented Jessica Long Embroidery, you can learn the basic satin stitch and some fresh variations. You should give this one a chance!

 

Seed stitch

 

 

The seed stitch is a basic on any stitch library. It looks delicious, and it’s so simple to create. On this tutorial by Sew and So, you can find the instructions to execute this stitch flawlessly. Take a look!

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