Basic Embroidery Stitches for Beginners

When you try to learn anything new, you need to start with the basics. In embroidery, you might start with learning basic embroidery stitches.

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If you know how to sew, you are probably familiar with the running stitch. This is embroidery stitching at its most basic. You take your threaded needle, bring it up through the bottom of the fabric, then press the needle down through the top of the fabric, pull the thread through, and repeat the process. As you get better at this, you will be able to run several stitches along your needle and pull them through at the same time.

The whipped running stitch is the next hand embroidery stitch on the menu. First, you need a line of running stitches to follow. From the bottom of your fabric, pull your needle up through the exact spot where you started your running line. Run your needle over and under each stitch without catching any fabric. When you reach the end of the running stitch line, poke your needle through to the bottom of the fabric in the exact spot where you ended the original line.

A double running stitch is another variation of the running stitch. Whenever you use this stitch, the back and the front of your fabric will look the same. First, lay a running stitch line. When you finish the line, your needle should be underneath the fabric. The object now is to fill in the spaces between all of the running stitches. To do this, you will bring your needle up through the beginning of your last stitch. When you pull your thread through to the top, there should be an empty space. Bring your needle back down through the hole where the next running stitch starts. After you repeat this process, you should have a neatly filled line.

Another useful embroidery stitch is the stem stitch. Think of circling around and covering fabric when you are stem stitching. To start, bring your needle up through the fabric and bring the needle down through the fabric at the appropriate length for your first stitch. Start your next stitch about half way up the length of your first stitch. If you are right handed, you are going to work from the left to the right. Lefthanders will do the opposite. You can also whip this stitch if you choose.

Now that you have some of the basic stitches, practice away. Soon, you'll be ready for more complicated embroidery stitches.

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