Close This Ad
More
Close

Basic Hand-Embroidery Stitches

Get how-to instructions and see illustrated diagrams for basic hand-embroidery stitches.

Backstitch

From the back of your fabric pull your needle up at A. Insert it back into fabric at B, and bring it up again at C. Push your needle down again at D, bring it up at E, and so on.

Tags:

Blanket Stitch

From the back of your fabric pull your needle up at A, form a reverse L shape with the thread, and hold angle of L shape in place with your thumb. Push your needle down at B, come up at C, and, crossing over the trailing thread to secure the stitch, again form a reverse L shape with the thread. Push your needle down at D and come up at E to secure the stitch.

Chain Stitch

From the back of your fabric pull your needle up at A, form a U shape with the thread, and hold the shape in place with your thumb. Push your needle down at B, about 1/8" from A, and come up at C to secure the stitch.

Cross-Stitch

From the back of your fabric pull your needle up at A. Insert it back into fabric at B, and bring it up again at C. Push needle down again at D to complete a cross-stitch.

Fly Stitch

From the back of your fabric pull your needle up at A and form a loop of thread. Holding the loop in place, insert your needle back into the fabric at B and pull it up again inside the loop at C. Push your needle down again at D to make a straight stitch that will hold the loop in place.

French Knot

From the back of your fabric pull your needle through where you want the knot (A). Wrap the thread around tip of needle twice. Insert thread-wrapped needle back into fabric 1/16" away from start (B). Gently push wrap down needle to meet fabric, then pull needle and thread through fabric smoothly.

Lazy Daisy Stitch

From the back of your fabric pull your needle up at A and form a loop of thread. Holding the loop in place, insert your needle back into the fabric at B, about 1/16" away from A. Bring the needle tip out at C and cross it over trailing thread, keeping thread flat. Gently pull needle and trailing thread until loop lies flat against fabric. Push needle through to back of fabric at D to hold loop in place.

Running Stitch

From the back of your fabric pull your needle up at A and insert it back into fabric at B; pull your needle up again at C and insert it back into the fabric at D. Continue in the same manner, loading several stitches on needle at a time.

Stem Stitch

From the back of your fabric pull your needle up at A, then insert it into fabric at B, about 3/8" away from A. Holding the thread out of the way, bring the needle back up at C and pull thread through so it lies flat against fabric. The distances between points A and C and between points C and B should be equal. Pull with equal tautness after each stitch.

Tack Stitch or Whipstitch

From the back of your background fabric pull your needle up at A and push it down at B on the appliqué shape. Bring it up again at C on the background fabric and continue in same manner.

Comments

Loading comments...