Hand embroidery stitches
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.
Checkout this post on basics of hand embroidery ( 10 FAQ answered) if you are a beginner to embroidery
100+ Embroidery Stitches Types
Bring up the thread on the stitching line, now take a backward stitch, and come up a little in the front of the first stitch ( length of one back stitch). Now come back and insert the needle where the first stitch ends and go forward for the next back stitch.
These are simple spaced stitches (Can be regularly spaced or irregularly spaced)
This stitch is made between imaginary lines. Bring up the needle on the lower line, insert the needle a little further on the lowerline, and come up straight up on the upper line. Bring the thread under the needle and pull. This will make one loop of the blanket stitch
This stitch involves passing the needle over and under the fabric in straight stitches of equal length , with even spaces between the stitches. Check out the different variations of the running stitch here
Small straight stitches (mostly of equal length) placed randomly inside a design
This is a loop stitch. Bring up the needle at the start of the stitching line, come down very close to where you emerged, thereby creating a small loop. Now bring up the needle a little ahead (length of the chain stitch) over the thread loop. Tighten the loop. Check out the 20 + different variations of the chain stitch here
This stitch consists of three vertical satin stitched tied in the middle with two overcasting stitches.
A filling wave stitch; Usually more than one rows are packed together to fill the whole design.
This is a variation of the french knot stitch. The french knot is made on the end of a straight stitch
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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