Top 10 Embroidery Stitches

Questions a lot people have when starting out with embroidery are ‘What are the basic embroidery stitches?’, ‘What are the best embroidery stitches for beginners?’ and ‘What are the different embroidery stitches?’ So, we thought we would give you step-by-step instructions on some of the top embroidery stitches so you can easily create some beautiful needlework with these techniques.

1. Couching

The word couch comes from the French verb “coucher” which means to lay down. It looks really pretty as a boarder or used with two contrasting colours.

2. Chain stitch

Chain stitch is a sewing and embroidery technique in which a series of looped stitches form a chain-like pattern. It is the most basic of the chain stitch family.

3. Seed stitch

Seed stitch is a great stitch to fill large areas of a design such as grass or sand. It also makes a really great texture. Other terms for this stitch are speckling stitch and isolated back stitch.

4. Satin stitch

Satin stitching is great for adding large splashes of colour to your embroidery. It is perfect for filling in objects such as letters or shapes. You can either create an outline using a back stitch and then fill in the shape using the satin stitch or you can do it without an outline.

5. Herringbone stitch

Herringbone Stitch is also called plaited stitch or catch stitch, and is often used to create decorative borders. It is called a herringbone stitch as it resembles the bones extending from the spine of a herring fish.

6. Blanket stitch

The blanket stitch is called so as traditionally, it is used to stitch the edges of blankets. It not only gives the blanket edges a nice finish, but also secures it.

7. Stem stitch

The stem stitch is one of the easiest stitches and is usually one of the first stitches to be taught to a beginner. It is commonly used for outlining and fine lines.

8. Feather stitch

The feather stitch is usually used as a decorative stitch and used to accompany embellishments. It is a more advanced stitch however this video gives a great step-by-step for you to follow.

9. Bullion stitch

The bullion stitch, or bullion knot, has a number of different names, such as caterpillar stitch, coil stitch, knot stitch, post stitch, worm stitch, Puerto Rico rose and grub knot. It is great for creating a 3D effect on designs like rose petals.

10. Cable stitch

Stem Stitch and Outline Stitch are used alternatively to create cable stitch. The completed work gives an amazing pattern. It’s generally worked from left to right.

If you want to learn even more embroidery stitches, head over to our YouTube channel where we have a stitch library full of embroidery stitches for you to watch. You will be an embroidery pro in no time!

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