How many hand embroidery stitches do you know? Learning embroidery is not as difficult as you think. With patience and practice, you’ll get the hang of this sewing skill in no time!
11 Different Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches
Embroidery is considered to be a handicraft that uses yarn and needle to create a beautiful design pattern. You can be creative and have fun at the same time by simply creating your own embroidery pattern. However, before you can make everything possible, you need to learn the types of hand embroidery stitches we are about to share!
Learning all the embroidery stitches can be challenging and daunting. But let me tell you this: embroidery is super easy. Just think about this — it’s just coloring with threads! Keep reading as we share 11 types of hand embroidery stitches we can’t live without!
The running stitch is mostly used to create an outline to an embroidery design. It is a kind of stitch that can be used for sewing almost anything from clothing, to garments, to embroidery. Check for the tutorial here.
2. Back Stitch
The back stitch is a thin-line stitch that is commonly used in outlining a design to be filled with satin stitch. It is also used if you want to add fine detail to your work design. Check the tutorial here.
3. Split Stitch
4. Stem Stitch
A stem stitch is beginner friendly and known to be one of the easiest. This can also be used in creating an outline of most embroidery stitches. It’s ideal to use for curved or straight lines. Check the tutorial here.
5. Satin Stitch
It is an easy stitch that is used in covering certain designs like a leaf which leaves a smooth, satin-like appearance. Some embroiderers create an outline of the design first using straight stitches to make sure that the satin stitches will be contained within its parameters. It is also known as the damask stitch. Check the tutorial here.
This stitch is used in creating fine details such as the eyes in a design pattern. Although this stitch is not popularly used, you can use this to fill the center of flowers or round shape designs. See the tutorial here.
7. Chain Stitch
A stitch that forms a chain-like pattern after a series of looped stitches. This stitch is used for straight or curved lines. Check the tutorial here.
This type of stitch is frequently used for making floral and petal designs of most embroidery patterns. It is not made continuously. Rather, you have to make a loop and create a small stitch at the end of the loop which later on creates a look of a daisy petal. Check the tutorial here.
10. Seed Stitch
The seed stitch is also considered a running stitch. It is also called a rice grain stitch. This is done by making a running stitch in one single direction until the whole design is filled just like the image shown above. Check here for more details.
Herringbone is a versatile stitch that can be used to hem garments. It is also known as catch stitch or plaited stitch. If you’ll try to create this, you might want to draw parallel lines to make sure you’re getting even spaces in between. See the tutorial here.
Give yourself a pat on the back for learning how to do these hand embroidery stitches. Practice them and we’re sure you’ll get far! There are so many hand embroidery designs you can create. If your first several attempts didn’t turn out right, don’t worry! Just keep practicing and eventually you’ll master them all. Happy stitching!
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