Embroidery 101: 2 Basics Stitches You Need To Know

As I was working on this year’s Valentines, I realized I’ve always just assumed all of you know how to embroider.

Well, you know what happens when you assume!

So, below you will find photo tutorials for two basic embroidery stitches, back stitch and stem stitch, and really, these are all you need to get yourself going.  (I use these on a regular basis in my applique quilts and they are perfect for monogramming, which is such a great way to personalize a gift, whether it be a quilt, a card…you name it!) Click on the pictures and you can zoom in to see even more detail.

Your homework is to practice, practice, practice!  Next week I’ll post my embroidered Valentine’s Day Cards and yes, you will be sewing on paper!


Nikki, In Stitches

*Start at the white arrow and move clockwise!


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2 Responses to Embroidery 101: 2 Basics Stitches You Need To Know

  1. A few questions have already come in on stem stitch, so here are a few additional tips.

    1. If sewing in a straight line, be consistent.
    You can see in the photo tutorial, I always bring my needle up on the left side of the stitch I just made. What side you come up on doesn’t matter, as long as you are consistent.

    2. If sewing a curve, working thread should be to the outside of the curve, and bring your needle up on the inside of the curve.
    The best way to get good at this is simply just to practice. You will find that depending on the sharpness of the curve, you may want to shorten your stitch length.

    As always, ask any questions! I love to hear from all of you!

  2. jojo says:

    j adore ce que tu fais bises jojo

    (I adore what you do! Kisses, JoJo)

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