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Hand Embroidery: Complete Beginners Guide Part 3- Learn Basic Stitches with Illustrations Part 2

Updated on May 28, 2011

This is the part three of the series of Hand Embroidery. I have already written down part one and part two of this series. So, if you are a novice of Hand Embroidery please read the first and second hub and then you can continue with this hub.

Not like the hub before I have attached better quality photos in this hub. I hope you will find a lot easier to learn with this hub. You will learn how to stitch herringbone stitch, French knot and Lazy daisy stitch with this lesson.

Herringbone stitch
Herringbone stitch

Herringbone Stitch

You need parallel lines to try this stitch first. When stitching this stitch assist the picture at the right side. First take upward the thread through Position A. Then insert the needle on the upper line through position B. Now take a small stitch to the left (C) and insert the needle through position D on the lower line. Take a small stitch to the left (E). Repeat the process till you get the desired length. Make sure that stitches are equal size and evenly spaced.

Other possible names for this stitch are plaited stitch, catch stitch, Persian stitch, Russian cross stitch and witch stitch. This stitch is great for bordering garments, heavily used in crazy quilting and even fantastic in filling as like as the Satin Stitch.

A flower filled with Herringbone stitch
A flower filled with Herringbone stitch
French knot (1st picture)
French knot (1st picture)
French knot (2nd picture)
French knot (2nd picture)

French knot

Another beautiful and small stitch but stitching is a little tricky. I have attached two photos for better understanding. First bring the thread upward from the fabric. Wrap the thread once through the needle. (Use the 1st picture for assistance.) Now insert the needle to the fabric at the very close you brought the thread upward. (2nd picture) This is what we call French knot.

If you want the knot to be a little larger you can wrap the thread through the needle a twice or thrice. That’s up to you. Some others know this stitch as knotted stitch, wound stitch and French dot. In hand embroidery French knot is mostly used for pollens of flowers. And if you use this stitch in Ribbon embroidery, this stitch would make a beautiful blossom of rose.

Lazy daisy stitch (creating a loop)
Lazy daisy stitch (creating a loop)
Lazy daisy stitch (fasten off)
Lazy daisy stitch (fasten off)

Lazy Daisy Stitch

Simple stitch even children can learn quickly. Lazy daisy stitch, often called as Detached chain stitch has many other names in use; Daisy stitch, Tall chain stitch, picot stitch and loop stitch are a few of them.

To start this stitch, bring the thread up from the fabric. Hold the thread with the left thumb and insert the needle where it first came out, creating a loop, bring the point out a short distance away. Now pull the thread through and fasten the loop with a small stitch.

Embroidery Pattern
Embroidery Pattern

And now at last this is a picture of my partly done embroidery work. Used stitches for this pattern are Stem stitch, Satin Stitch, Chain stitch, Blanket stitch, Herringbone stitch and double lazy daisy stitch. As I said before, we can start embroidering after learning only basic stitches. This is an example for an embroidery work with very basic stitches.

If you have any question please use comment section to ask them. Even if you don’t please comment below because I would like to heard from others. And voting up this hub would be useful for others who may like to learn Hand Embroidery. Thanks and until my next hub, Good bye.


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      3 years ago

      hi its a very nice pattern,pl mail on

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      3 years ago

      I hate echoing everyone else but I would also love to have that pattern. . I love your work BTW

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      3 years ago

      Could you kindly share the pattern? My email is

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      Harnath Hari 

      3 years ago

      Very pretty!! Please do send the pattern if okay.. Email id


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      3 years ago

      Gorgeous stitches and illustrations! Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us beginners! Would you please send the pattern you followed and colors(if possible)? My email :

      Thank you again for everything!

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      Jodi Wolff 

      3 years ago

      Hi, is there a way to get thsi design so that I can practice on..


      Jodi Wolff

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      4 years ago

      Hi, this is a lovely how to and I would really like it if you could help me get the design (android.akuma[at]gmail[dot]com) thanks a lot! :)

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      5 years ago


      I am a complete beginner and would love to do your design from above...

      could you send the pattern to me?

      my mail is

      greetings from Austria

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      5 years ago

      I wonder about the design as well. I hope to find the pattern at least but no luck.Could you at least point me to a direction to obtain the plain pattern of this design ?

      P.S. Actually I think it was partially your great color selection that gave life to the design. Thanks for the detailed post.

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      5 years ago

      Hi! This is a great post! I have a question that I can't seem to find the answer to. How does someone decide which stitches to use in a given pattern? I am having great difficulty with this. I know it is probably personal choice, but is there a rule of thumb anywhere?

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      Aida serrano 

      6 years ago

      Hermoso trabajo, me puede facilitar el patron, se lo agradeceria mucho mi correo es


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      Susan Butterfield 

      6 years ago

      excellent, easy to follow. many thanks. Susan

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      6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      @Harshitha If you can send me your contact details, I'll send you. Because that design is a copyrighted material of a printed book.

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      6 years ago

      can i have only the plain design... just on a sheet of paper

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      8 years ago from Sri Lanka

      @CASE1WORKER Thank you for your comment. Luckily I have got an Asus P535 phone to take photos. It has some good options in Camera and I have some knowledge in Photography. Both helped me to get clear and beautiful photos.

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      8 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      very clear illustrations indeed, especially the part finished work clearly showing the herringbone - well done


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