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20 Simple Stitches for Hand Embroidery

Updated on November 23, 2017

How basic embroidery stitches are called

Embroidery is worth having because it's a zest adorning interiors and beautifying outfits — those who wear brooches and hang hoops on walls may agree with it. A needleworker, amateur or an admirer, you might not have heard of how simplest methods of applying ordinary threads on fabric are called and used. If you share this passion or want to try something new, here's a guide on basic embroidery techniques: learn new terms and get inspired to enrich your skills. Take a needle, a set of floss, your desire and go ahead.


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Ways of applying embroidery stitches

Surprised by the numerous possibilities that threads offer? And yes, they all look great if one understands their features, feels textures. The shortest way to join the list of these pros is to find out what basic techniques look like in real life. Such projects are below, they tell how to make stitches and what effects they may provide.

If any of the ideas appeal to you, follow source links under each photo to see the tutorials.

Satin stitch

A satin stitch reveals the surface of smooth and shiny furs. And feathers, too.
A satin stitch reveals the surface of smooth and shiny furs. And feathers, too. | Source

Cretan stitch

A Cretan stitch looks decoratively but joins separate parts.
A Cretan stitch looks decoratively but joins separate parts. | Source

Stem stitch

Stem stitch is perfect for bold edging.
Stem stitch is perfect for bold edging. | Source

French knot

A French knot recreates here the loose and shade-rich texture of snow.
A French knot recreates here the loose and shade-rich texture of snow. | Source

Chain stitch and blanket stitch

As it's seen from the picture, such embroidery very much resembles knitting and crocheting. Two parts are sewn around the edge with a blanket stitch.
As it's seen from the picture, such embroidery very much resembles knitting and crocheting. Two parts are sewn around the edge with a blanket stitch. | Source

What to embroider

If you prefer working on your own, just have a look at the table with possible surfaces that accomodate embroidery:

Clothes
Jewellery & Accessories
Furniture
Other
Dresses
Brooches
Hoop pictures
Book covers
Blouses
Earrings
Sofas
Placemats
Jeans
Bracelets
Chairs
Coasters
Caps and hats
Hand bags
Armchairs
Cards
Collars
Handkerchiefs
Drapes
Maps
Mittens
Pencil cases
Lampshades
Eggs
Canvas kicks
Tote bags
Shower curtains
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Invent personal schemes, refresh old jeans or armchairs with blossoming patterns, create your personal craft space effortlessly and with pleasure!

And one more thing — a poll.

Most popular embroidered things

Which things would you like to embroider / have embroidered?

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