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Embroidery Styles and Patterns

Updated on September 8, 2013

Embroidery Patterns

There are many different types of embroidery patterns, some of which include ribbon and lace embroidery, machine embroidery,cross stitch, needlepoint and free hand embroidery. The trick is finding a style and a pattern that is right for you.

If you are new to embroidery is can be a good idea to try a few of these styles. My personal favorite is hand embroidery which is the style I will discuss further here.

Cross stitch dates back many years although is still commonly used today.

It involves counted X shaped stitches to form various types of patterns and designs. The stitch is very easy to master although following the pattern can be hard on the eyes. Cross stitch can be worked on Ada cloth (great for beginners) although many experts prefer to use linen and count the threads.I have to admit that once you work a hand embroidery cross stitch on linen it is hard to go back to Aida cloth. In my opinion it gives a far superior end result.

You might also like to try your hand at needlepoint or tapestry. This form of hand embroidery also dates back centuries.

Designs are commonly worked using a wool thread and also involve working from a graph pattern. As with cross stitch the embroidery stitch is easy to master, following the pattern accurately is the key. In today's modern world designs can be printed and colour coded onto the base fabric or canvas which can make things much easier.

Ribbon embroidery can also be fun to try and there are many patterns to choose from. As the name suggests this technique involves working with find ribbon. This form of hand embroidery can produce amazing designs that take on a more dimensional look.

Of all the hand embroidery design and styles to choose from , I enjoy freehand embroidery the best. This style of embroidery can be applied to a variety of fabrics and has countless possibilities. The essential thing is to learn the most common stitches to start with. Once you have these in your repertory the sky's the limit.

Embroidery is one of the most interesting crafts that you can do at home and it has been enjoyed for hundreds of years. It has stood the "test of time" and remains very popular today.

It doesn't matter which hand embroidery style you choose, hand embroidery can give you a feeling of pure bliss and relaxation.

There are countless embroidery patterns to choose from. These can be found in books, magazines, craft shops and online.

Why not find an embroidery pattern today and start stitching to your hearts content.


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