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Hand embroidery Stitches

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Hand embroidery involves decorating fabric with colourful stitches made in an attractive pattern with needle and embroidery thread. With hand embroidered designs you have a way of adding a personal style to your accessories, clothes, home accessories and many other cloth products.

Cross-stitch, counted thread, embroidery, needlepoint, smocking, crewel, punch embroidery, appliqué and quilting- all your favourite fabric embellishments uses hand embroidery stitches 

You can rejuvenate your old clothes into a new creation with a little ingenuity and knowledge of some basic hand embroidery stitches.

A lackluster old purse can turn into a designer piece with some metallic embroidery on it.

An old T-shirt can be customized with your logo embroidered on it.

An ordinary jeans can be turned designer jeans with some cool designs done on it.

You can delight your child by customizing his accessories with his name embroidered on them.

The beauty of hand embroidery is that you just need some basic simple tools to turn a designer – the fabric of your choice, needle and embroidery floss are the basics you should have to start with in your arsenal.The needlework stitches outlined here can form the building blocks for your ultimate artwork.

Hand Embroidery Stitches


Stem Stitch

hand embroidery stitches

Outline Stitch

hand embroidery stitch - outline stitches

Chain Stitch

hand embroidery stitches

Running stitch

hand embroidery stitches

Split stitch

Back stitch

Couching stitch 

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Chevron Stitch

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Pekinese stitch

Single or Double threaded back stitch

Turkey Stitch

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Threaded running stitch

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Coral Stitch

hand embroidery stitches

Bullion Stitch

hand embroidery stitches

French Knot stitch

hand embroidery stitches - french knot

Sheaf stitch

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Basic Blanket stitch

Double Blanket stitch

>Long and short blanket stitch

Buttonhole stitch
Knotted blanket stitch
Closed blanket stitch
Eyelet Stitch
square eyelet hand embroidery stitch
Pinwheel stitch

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Basic cross stitch
hand embroidery stitches

Double cross stitch

Upright cross Stitch

Herringbone stitch

Fishbone Stitch

Vandyke Stitch

Star stitch

Ermine stitch

Related posts : Herringbone stitch & its 2 variations ; Fishbone stitch

Basic Chain stitch
hand embroidery stitches
Zig Zag Chain stitch
hand embroidery stitch

Lazy Daisy stitch

hand embroidery stitch

Twisted chain stitch

Threaded chain stitch

Feathered chain stitch

Rosette chain stitch

Heavy braided chain stitch

Square chain stitch

Cable chain stitch

Wheat ear stitch

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Seed Stitch

Straight Stitch

hand embroidery stitches

Satin Stitch

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Holbein stitch/ kasuti embroidery stitch ; Satin stitch ; Long and short stitch


Basic feather stitch

Cretan Stitch

Fly Stitch

Fern Stitch

hand embroidery fern stitch

Arrowhead stitch

Related posts : Fly stitch & 7 variations ; Feather stitch

Encroaching stem stitch

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6 best filling stitches

Black work embroidery

Bobbin work

Broderie Anglaise embroidery

Kutch embroidery tutorial

Insertion stitches

Kantha embroidery

Sashiko embroidery

Shadow embroidery

Needle painting

Pattern Darning

Pick stitch

Queen Stitch

Scallop stitch

Zardosi embroidery work
Phulkari embroidery

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Chain stitch embroidery – 5 common motifs.

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small embroidery designs

The following basic embroidery stitches are the building blocks of all beautiful needle work creations.  You can combine them in various combinations to create the most creative and captivating hand embroidery designs

Checkout this post on basics of hand embroidery ( 10 FAQ answered) if you are a beginner to embroidery 

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AUTHOR : Hi, I am Sarina. I am passionate about clothes, sewing, fabrics, fashion and surface design techniques in no particular order and absolutely love writing about all of these including what I learn, what I experience, and what I have bought to do all these. You are more than welcome to stay here and learn with me.

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