5 Simple Hand Embroidery Stitches That Will work For You as a Beginner

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Embroidery is an art of handicraft that has been employed by very many people as a hobby for years. This art has not lost its taste in the current generation. It still remains as a good hobby that will keep you busy and at the same time help you come up with something valuable.

What is Embroidery?

This is a simple art of handcrafting that is used for decorating various fabrics or materials by use of needle and yarn or thread. It has been incorporated in materials such as pearls, quills, sequins and beads before.

5 Simple Stitches to Try Today

Embroidery can be performed by the use of different techniques or stitches. Each of these stitch will help you achieve a lot by just using your hand. Here are the simplest stitches that you can employ today.

  1. Backstitch

This is a very good that you can use for hand designs and texting. Here is how to do it.Start by pulling your needle then through the fabric floss up and make first stitch forward. Space your needle for your desired length starting from the underneath, pulling through your fabric and about the needle as you floss back downwards and through that end of your previous stitch.

  1. Chain Stitch

It is a good one for design or pattern. It starts by creating a stitch in the normal manner. However, before you pulling the floss through, let it create a loop. Go on and bring your needle through the loop to tether hence preventing it from pulling away and pull. Place your needle close or directly to the hole stitched then pull through to create another loop by not pulling the floss through your fabric completely. Repeat pulling your needle up and through your loop to tether.

  1. Running Stitch

Looking at the first method for running stitch, you just have to push your needle then floss through and over your fabric in a continuous motion. The second method, push your needle through and pull it way up.

  1. Split Stitch

Pull the needle then floss through your fabric to create a single straight stitch. Make sure that the needle and the floss are underside the loop. Pass the needle through the stitch at the center and stitch forward same length as the initial stitch. You can repeat by bringing your needle every time at the center of every stitch.

  1. Stem Stitch

This is a perfect stitch especially if you want to curve letters in a nice way. To create this stitch, create a forward straight stitch bringing your needle then floss up but underneath your fabric. Unlike the split stitch, you will now pass the needle sideways of the initial stitch.

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9 Comments

  1. I got to say, this one of the best hobbies I’ve ever learned I’m glad I found this article. 4/5

  2. Finally an article that really teaches beginners. I’ve been trying to create a perfect embroidered handkerchief but until now I still can’t perfect one. Now with this I think I can manage to finish that handkerchief which I’m trying to finish for a long time now. Thanks and more power!

  3. Nice article! I found this article while searching for embroidery tips for my wife who is a beginner. She found it useful and she is practicing the techniques for getting the hang of the art. Thanks for sharing the valuable information.

  4. As Charlie Sheen says, this article is “WIGNINN!”

  5. Complex patterns can be created by simple designs. The designs given in this article will help beginners to slowly progress to difficult patterns. One needs to practice these multiple times till you develop the fine skills to weave magical designs. I knew an experienced artist who used these simple techniques to master the art. Now, her artwork is often displayed in exhibitions.

  6. Dena P. Mateo

    Stitching is something I do as a hobby especially when having good free time. However, as a beginner, there are many aspects that I am not well versed with for sure. I am optimistic that the post will help me and point to the tools needed to improve my skills.

  7. Ruth O. Ross

    Stitching offers me an escape from the worries of life. I’m so glad to have found this article! Thanks.

  8. I have developed an interest in fashion designing and stitching fascinates me, so I was looking for a tutor and I found this article. It is very detailed and a helpful stepping stone for beginners nicely compiled useful information.

  9. Victor Gonzales

    I have always wanted to learn the beautiful art of embroidery and stitching. I have always wanted to learn this art from a teacher or a mentor, but the classes I found required a lot of time commitment, and the fees were considerably high. Reading books to learn this art seems tedious, as I would not know how to start, and the possibility of getting lost along the way without a mentor, is a huge possibility. This program was exactly what I was looking for. Hopefully, I should be able to devote time to this long standing desire of mine.

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