Embroidery: Decorative Hand Stitches Sew Easy Lesson

Learn eight commonly used hand embroidery stitches.

Backstitch: 1. Bring needle to right side of fabric at A. Insert needle at B and bring it up at C. Pull thread until stitch lies flat.
2.
Insert needle at B and bring it up at D. (First stitch is hidden.)
3.
Continue stitching in this manner.
Cross Stitch: 1. Bring needle to right side of fabric at A. Insert needle at B and bring it up at C. Pull thread until stitch lies flat.
2.
Insert needle at D and bring it up at E.
3.
Continue in this manner. Secure thread on back side by making a shallow knot.
Blanket Stitch: 1. Bring needle to right side of fabric at A, just outside the edge of the appliqué piece. Insert needle at B and bring it up at C, catching the thread loop. Pull thread taut so stitch lies flat, but not tight enough to pucker fabric.
2. Insert needle at D and bring it up at E, catching thread loop.
3.
Continue in this manner. Secure last stitch with a tiny stitch to anchor the loop.
Stem Stitch: 1. Bring needle to right side of fabric at A. Insert needle at B and bring it up at C.
2.
Insert needle at D and bring it up at E.
3.
Continue in this manner.
Chain Stitch: 1. Bring needle to right side of fabric at A. Insert needle at B and bring it up at C. Pull thread, catching the loop.
2.
Insert needle at D inside the loop. Bring needle up at E. Pull thread, catching the loop.
3. Continue in this manner. Secure last stitch with a tiny stitch to anchor the loop.
Whipstitch: 1. Bring needle to right side of fabric at A, through background and appliqué piece. Insert needle at B, just outside the edge of the appliqué piece. Bring needle to right side at C through background and appliqué piece.
2. Insert needle at D and bring it up at E.
3.
Continue in this manner.
French Knot: 1. Bring needle to right side of fabric at A. Wrap thread around needle 2 or 3 times, keeping needle near the fabric surface.
2.
Insert needle at B, right beside A. Holding the thread to keep loops wrapped around needle, gently pull thread through the loops to form a knot.
3.
Repeat to make desired number of French
knots. Secure thread on back side by making a shallow knot.
Spoke Stitch: 1. Bring needle to right side of fabric at A. Insert needle at B and bring it up at C. Pull thread until stitch lies flat, but not tight enough to pucker fabric.
2. Insert needle at D and bring it up at E.
3. Insert needle at F and bring it up at G.
4.
Insert needle at H. Secure thread on back side by making a shallow knot.

Download the PDF

Adobe Acrobat Reader Required.

Post a comment
To comment on this article you must be logged in. Not a member?

USER COMMENTS

No comments have been posted. Be the first!

Login:

Forgot password?