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10 Embroidery Stitches for Beginners

Embroidery is a large body of art that enables you to embellish garments, fabrics, pillows, towels, and everything that you can. For many, embroidery is a hobby that they engage in when time allows. To other people, embroidery is their business. Each of these has different skills and techniques. Many who do embroidery as a hobby, do hand embroidery. Hand embroidery relies on the different kinds of stitches that you can use to embellish a range of items.

What Are The Basic Embroidery Stitches For Beginners?

As a beginner, you may be overwhelmed by the available stitches you can use for hand embroidery. You do not know which one to learn first and which one not to.

Here are ten of the basic embroidery stitches that every beginner needs to learn to become good at hand embroidery.

Running stitch

A running stitch is one of the simplest stitches you can make. To make this stitch, insert your needle up and down then take a space and repeat the stitch to the end of the fabric. Used together with other stitches, it brings out a beautiful embroidery design.


Backstitch is another basic hand embroidery stitch for beginners. It is easy to learn and implement. It is easily combined with other stitches when embroidering. It’s used in outlining, while other stitches can make the inner designs. To make a backstitch, start with a running stitch. Push your needle up from the back and down at the front. When you come back up, rather than going forward, go back to the end of the previous stitch, hence the name backstitch.

Chain stitch

This is another basic embroidery stitch that is suitable and easy for beginners to learn. It makes strong embroidery lines. The chain stitch is made by linking rows of stitches together, hence the name chain stitch.

To make a chain stitch, you bring the needle up from behind the fabric, then push it down through the same point to make a loop. One stitch length in front of the loop, bring your needle up through the loop and pull to close it. Start your second stitch inside the already closed loop by pushing the needle down and forming a loop on the top side. When bringing the needle back up, pass it through the loop and pull. The resulting stitch looks like a chain.

Lazy daisy stitch

The lazy daisy stitch is a variation of the chain stitch. It is a beginner-friendly embroidery stitch. It is used to make flower patterns on fabric pieces and knitting. To make this stitch, start just like the chain stitch and form the loop. Stitch an anchor loop at the tip of the loop to hold it firmly on the piece of fabric. This will form a petal shape. Make several of these stitches in a defined pattern and you will make an embroidery flower.

Split stitch

If you want a solid line for your embroidery, the split stitch, backstitch, and chain stitch are the stitches to use. To make a split stitch, bring your needle up from behind the fabric and push it back down making a small stitch. On your next stitch, bring the needle up by passing it between the threads of the first stitch. When embroidering, this stitch can be used for outlining.

French knots

To add texture to your embroidery, this is the best knot you can use. You can use this stitch to form dots of different sizes. It is a challenging stitch that beginners can learn faster how to do it well. To make a French knot, bring your needle up from the bottom of the fabric. Pulling the floss towards you, twist it around the needle twice. Push the needle down the spot it came up from gently as you keep pulling on the floss. As the needle goes down the fabric piece, the twists will form a French knot on the fabric.

Buttonhole stitch

The buttonhole stitch is a commonly used stitch for embroidery. The buttonhole stitch is used in applique work, sewing on edges and filling embroidery shapes and designs. It is also known as the blanket stitch. You can also use this stitch to make thick embroidery stitches by using thick or many strands of embroidery floss. Bring the needle from the bottom of the fabric piece. Push it back down as you hold the thread to form a loop. Bring your needle back up through the loop to make a tight stitch.

Feather stitch

The feather stitch makes beautiful lines and gives depth and direction to your embroidery. Its main embroidery use is in making borders and framing. In its many variations, this stitch is used to make natural designs. The feather stitch is a linked stitch. To make a feather stitch, bring your needle up, then push it down through the fabric and form a loop. Bring your needle up between the loop then pass your needle between the loop to secure it.

Satin stitch

The satin stitch is a popular embroidery stitch. It is easy for embroidery beginners to learn and use. When embroidering, designs are created on the piece of fabric. You can then embroidery within these designs to form the designed shapes and patterns. The satin stitch fills these shapes. It is a series of straight stitches running in the drawn shapes and patterns. The length and spacing of the straight stitches make the satin stitch stand out.

Fly stitch

The fly stitch is an embroidery stitch for beginners. It is simple and similar to the lazy daisy stitch. However, instead of embroidering flower designs, it makes smooth curves and V shapes. You can sew them in rows or in any other pattern that you like. Fly stitch makes attractive embroidery on wherever it is.

What Is The Easiest Embroidery Stitch?

What is the easiest embroidery stitch? It is one of the most common questions asked by beginners in embroidery.

As you have seen, there are many embroidery stitches that beginners, as well as experienced embroiders, can use. Some are challenging to master and implement, while others are considerably easy.

The answer is the running stitch. It is the easiest embroidery stitch since all you need to do is to take your needle up, down, and forward through a piece of fabric, to form this stitch. It is also the basis of many stitches used in embroidery. For many embroidery stitches, the first stitch you make is usually a running stitch.

How Do You Embroider For Beginners?

Embroidery is a craft that makes things beautiful. It is a skill that one needs to learn and practice effectively to become good at. In addition to gaining embroidery skills, you also need to have the right tools. Embroidery tools include embroidery floss or thread. Floss is a decorative thread that you use to make your embroidery. Floss is manufactured with cotton.

You will also need embroidery needles. Embroidery needles are substantially different from the regular sewing needle. First, they have bigger needle eyes to accommodate the larger embroidery threads required. Some of the embroidery needles have sharp pointed tips, while others are blunt. The choice of embroidery needle depends on the type of stitch used and the fabric that you want to embroider.

You then need an embroidery fabric. This fabric is where you draw your embroidery designs and fill them with stitches to make beautiful art.

When you have assembled all these tools, and you have the requisite skills, you are now ready to embroider. First, draw embroidery designs on your fabric, then choose a few stitches that you know well to embroider the designs on the fabric. For a beginner, choose simple embroidery designs and stitches to finish your project.

When you complete simple projects, you get the motivation to keep learning and improving on your embroidery skills. You will soon be making and embroidering advanced designs successfully.


Hello, I am Jessica Flores, and you are welcome to my website. I am a professional fashion designer and a seamstress. I always carried a passion for craftwork. My love for craft grew along with time. I have spent years researching and practicing in this field to gather colossal experience.

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