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10 Basic Hand Embroidery Stitches for Beginners

In this post, you will find step by step instructions of 10 Basic Hand Embroidery Stitches which are easy and are fun. Keep on practicing and you will find that the stitches which appeared to be difficult are easy to follow and are also the foundation of more advanced stitches. So lets get started with Running Stitch…..

1) Running Stitch

Running Stitch is very basic stitch in hand embroidery. It can be used in all level of embroidery patterns. It is done by running the thread up and down through the cloth at equal distance.

Step 1:

Running Stitch 01

For this stitch start with your needle from point “A”.

Step 2:

Running Stitch 02

Put the needle in the cloth at point “B” and again bring it up at a equal distance at point “C”.

Step 3:

Running Stitch 03

Continue these 2 steps at a equal distance till the end of the line.

2) Stem Stitch

Step 1:

Stem- 01

For this stitch start with your needle coming out of the fabric at point “A

Step 2:

Stem -02

Then put the needle back in the fabric at point “B” and again remove the needle in between the points “A” and “B” this would be the point “C”. This would be our first stitch.

Step 3 :

Stem -03

Again repeat the same step, insert the needle in the fabric at point “D” and bring it out at point “B”.

Step 4 :

Stem - 04

Keep on repeating these steps till the end of the line.

3) Blanket Stitch

Step 1 :

Blanket Stitch - 01

Bring the needle out from fabric at point “A”.

Step 2 :Blanket Stitch - 02

Insert the needle at point “B” and take it out through point “C”. Loop the thread under the needle as shown in above image.

Step 3:Blanket Stitch - 03

This is first blanket stitch.

Step 4 :Blanket Stitch - 04

Again insert the needle through the fabric from bottom to upward direction and loop the thread under the needle.

Step 5 :Blanket Stitch - 05

Keep on repeating these steps till the end of the line.

4) Cross Stitch

Step 1 :Cross Stitch - 01

Start with your needle coming out of the fabric at point “A

Step 2:Cross Stitch - 02

Insert the needle at point “B” which is diagonally across to point “A” and remove it through the point “C” which is below point “A”.

Step 3:Cross Stitch - 03

Insert the needle at point “D” which is above point “B”.

Step 4:Cross Stitch - 04

This is first cross. For second stitch, take needle out from point “B”.

Step 5: Cross Stitch - 05

Continue the same steps, insert the needle at point “E” which is diagonally opposite to point “B” and remove the needle from point “D”.

Step 6: Cross Stitch - 06

Insert the needle at point “F” and take it out at point “E”.

Step 7:Cross Stitch - 07

Thus second stitch is complete.

Step 8:

Cross Stitch - 08

Keep on repeating the process till end of the line.

5) Back Stitch

Step 1 :

Back Stitch - 01

Bring the needle out from fabric at point “A”.
Step 2: Back Stitch - 02

Insert the needle at point “B”. This is first stitch.

Step 3:

Back Stitch - 04

Again take the needle out through point “C” and put it in point “B”.

Step 4:

Back Stitch - 06

Continue the same steps till the end.

6) Feather Stitch

This decorative stitch can be use on curved lines or straight lines. For beginners its is recommended to draw four parallel lines for making this stitch.

Step 1:

Feather Stitch 01

Draw four parallel lines and take the needle out at point “A” which lies on third line.

Step 2:

Feather Stitch 02

Insert the needle in the fabric through point “B” which lies on first line and take it out through point “C” which is below point “A” and “B” and lies on second line. Loop the thread under the needle.

Step 3:

Feather Stitch 03

You will get something like this.

Step 4:

Feather Stitch 04

Insert the needle at point “D” which is parallel to point “C” and will lie on fourth line.

Step 5:

Feather Stitch 05

Take the needle out from point “E” which lies on third line. Loop the thread under the needle.

Step 6:

Feather Stitch 06

Thus we have completed our second stitch.

Step 7:

Feather Stitch 07

Keep on continuing this procedure by inserting the needle from outer line and removing it from inner line forming “V” like shape.

7) Chain Stitch

Step 1 :

Chain Stitch 01

For this stitch remove the needle from the fabric at point “A”.

Step 2:

Chain Stitch 02

Again insert the needle at same point “A” and bring it out from point “B”, loop the thread under the needle from left to right.

Step 3:

Chain Stitch 03

Pull the thread and our first stitch is ready.

Step 4:

Chain Stitch 04

Again insert the needle from point “B” which lies inside the first loop and remove it from point “C” and again loop the thread under the needle. This would be our second chain stitch.

Step 5:

Chain Stitch 05

Continue the same procedure of looping the thread under the needle from left to right to form chain.

8) Whipped Running Stitch

Step 1 :

Whipped Running 04

This stitch is build on the foundation of running stitch.

Step 2:

Whipped Running 05

Take any contrast color thread and start the stitch by taking the needle out from the fabric close to first stitch.

Step 3:

Whipped Running 06

Now run the needle under the first stitch from top to bottom without picking the fabric.

Step 4:

Whipped Running 08

Keep on running the needle under each stitch from top to bottom to get roap like effect.

Step 9:

Whipped Running 09

Continue the same procedure till the end of the line. The twist effect is based on the distance of running stitch, closer the running stitches are the effect would more enhanced.

9)Herringbone Stitch

Step 1 :

Herringbone Stitch 04

Draw two parallel lines. We will start from left to right, take the needle out from fabric at point “A” which lies on left tip of upper line.

Step 2:

Herringbone Stitch 03

Put the needle at point “B” which is on diagonally right side of lower line and take the needle out from point “C” which is on left side of point “B”.

Step 3:

Herringbone Stitch 02

Put the needle into the fabric at point “D” which is diagonally right on upper line and take it out at point “E” as shown in the above image.

Step 4:

Herringbone Stitch 01

Continue with the same procedure till the end of the line.

Step 5:

Herringbone Stitch 05

This is the finish look of Herringbone Stitch.

10) French Knot

Step 1 :
French Knot 01

Take the needle out from the fabric.

Step 2:

French Knot 02

Hold the needle close to the fabric and wrap the thread twice around the needle.

Step 3:

French Knot 03

Now this is important step of this stitch. Hold the thread from your left hand and put the needle back in the same point. You need to maintain proper tension of the thread it should not be so loose and not too tight.

Step 3

French Knot 04

Pull excess thread through the fabric and our first french knot is ready.

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