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HOW TO: The Basic Embroidery Stitches for Beginners Video Tutorial

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I made a new video over on my Youtube channel of the basic embroidery stitches that I use the most and a break down of how to do them. I thought a video like this may be useful to refer back to when you are taking on a new embroidery project and want to try some new techniques out. Below I have listed what the different stitches are useful for with examples of my own work for reference, let me know if you use any of them differently! What embroidery stitch do you use the most?


What Are The Different Stitches Good For?

Running Stitch
Running stitch has multiple uses but I use it most for keeping an appliqued piece in place, if I'm layering felts or fabrics, it's the stitch I use the most to attach them. Another stitch which is good for this is whip stitch. I didn't actually include this in a video but it might be worth looking up if layering is something you intend on doing a lot.

Running stitch used around the green layer of felt


Back Stitch
I think the embroidery stitch I use the most is back stitch. It's really good for making straight lines so great for outlining an image, lettering or making mouths on Kawaii plushies. I've been using it a lot lately for embroidering names on to personalised Christmas decorations.

Back stitch used to outline the leaves

Satin Stitch
Satin stitch allows you to fill in a shape that you want to solid and not have any gaps. I personally like using this for flowers and leaves but again, it has multiple uses. The patches you see artists making all over Instagram mainly use this technique.

Split Stitch
Split stitch is a more decorative way of creating a complete line, similar to back stitch. However, because the shape it creates is more unusual, it is perfect for creating vines, flower steams and a lace effect outline.

Satin stitch used to create the leaves and split stitch is used for the vine

French Knot
A lovely decorative way to fill an empty space or great to use in a lace-type design. French knots are a pretty and simple way to add some interest to any piece, they are much easier to do than they look!

French knot used in the middle of the strawberry

Chain Stitch
Another decorative way to create a line in embroidery, chain stitch is an easy way to add something unusual to your piece. It is also great for creating flower petals.

Blanket Stitch
Blanket stitch is perfect for going around the edge of two pieces of fabric to join them. I use blanket stitch more than anything and if you have watched any of my plushie DIY videos before, you will be well aware of this! I personally think it looks very pretty and is the most professional way to hand stitch a plushie or decorative item. It's also very easy to learn but look pretty damn fancy.

Blanket stitch around the edge of the pumpkin
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Much love,

Katie x

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