Hand embroidery is so relaxing, and small projects can go anywhere with you. There are a gazillion stitches out there. (Sometimes we invent our own if we embrace little slips and make them a repeating pattern!) I find that I go back to a reliable list of stitches that bring me success. If the blogging world is any indication, I am not alone! Here are 10 easy embroidery stitches to embellish your projects.
We’ve put these stitches together in a sampler in a 6-inch hoop. Most of the design was freehand embroidered (meaning no lines were drawn, just needle and thread having fun stitching together!). For the lines at the bottom of the sampler, I used a Frixion pen to draw the line before stitching. ALWAYS test whatever fabric marking tool you like to use on a sample of each fabric you’ll be marking before you start, to make sure the marks remove as you’d like. Frixion pens are great because the marks are usually easily removed with a shot of steam from your iron. But, I have found a few fabrics where I need to use other options, as the Frixion pen left a small faint line. Check out our article that covers many ways to transfer your embroidery designs to fabric.
Interested in any of these stitches. Click on the link to learn more to find step-by-step directions with photos for each of the ten embroidery stitches. Try them all and see which ones you like the most, and incorporate them into you next embroidery project!
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What is the easiest embroidery stitch?
Hands down – the running stitch! It is a basic stitch that most stitchers start with and the variations on the running stitch make it a favorite even for advanced stitchers!
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