Ultimate embroidery stitch guidePublished on 10 February 2020 By Holly Butteriss 4 min read
This handy stitch library is your guide to all the hand embroidery stitches you could ever need! With free video tutorials you'll be able to level up your embroidery with new types of embroidery stitches to create beautiful designs and patterns.
One of the simplest embroidery stitches, this stitch can be worked in straight or curved lines, or for assembly when finishing an embroidery project.
The back stitch is a basic outlining hand-embroidery, it creates a thin line of stitches, perfect for outlining in almost all embroidery patterns! It's also super useful for stitching fabric together.
Split stitch is another super basic embroidery stitch that's easy to learn and versatile to use. It's perfect for any pattern that involves outlining, but you can also embroider dense lines of it for fill stitching!
Once you learn the basic chain stitch, you can explore all the wonderful variations of the stitch, like the lazy daisy and feathered chain stitch!
This stitch creates a thin line and can be used to outline embroidered shapes or to create flower and plant stems! Stem stitch is super easy to work in a straight or curved line so you can use it on loads of different embroidery designs.
Lazy daisy stitch
Similar to the chain stitch, the lazy daisy creates a lovely flower shape perfect for decorating your embroidery!
You can work this handy stitch on its own, as a scattered filling or in lots of rows. You can also work it with quite a few variations, making it useful for stitching different types of lines with cleaner and fewer stitches.
This lovely little stitch has a reputation for being one of the trickiest stitches, but it's actually super simple to work once you get the hang of it!
Basic satin stitch is a really easy stitch to use when you need to fill up some space, and it's handy to fill smaller areas. This stitch is also sometimes referred to as a flat satin stitch because the stitches lay flat on the fabric.
Long and short stitch
Also known as "thread-painting" or "needle-painting", this stitch creates colour gradations and shading or highlighting to make your embroidery come alive.
Woven wheel stitch
Want to create your own floral embroidery patterns? The woven wheel stitch, also known as woven rose stitch or the woven spider web, is the stitch for you!
So, you’ve tried the basics, now for something more challenging! Bokhara couching is an intricate surface embroidery stitch using a single thread to create a beautiful design.
Don’t be scared by this more difficult stitch. The rope stitch is great to form an embossed rope look to add to your embroidery designs.
Whether you know it as the bullion stitch, caterpillar stitch or knot stitch, this knot technique is perfect for embroidering flower petals. It may take a few steps but you’ll have it stitched in no time!
Whipped wheel stitch
This stitch is super cute and perfect for decoration!
Vandyke stitch is great to add some texture to your design, you'll soon be stitching up a storm!
Twisted chain stitch
We love to twist and shout about this beautiful twisted chain stitch, make a sequence of loops and twist as you work to create a twisted chain stitch!
Knotted buttonhole stitch
Create some beautiful embroidery borders with this knotted buttonhole design, in a just few super simple steps.
If you’ve been wanting to stitch some lovely leaves and delicate feathers, this stitch is the one for you!
A super simple stitch that's an absolute staple for any embroider.
There’s a reason the feather stitch is a popular addition to so many embroidery patterns! This stitch is simple, yet effective.
Chained feather stitch
Challenge your skills and create a great zigzag pattern with a chain feather stitch.
This outline stitch is great for both straight or curved designs.
This a great one for those stitched forest scenes and floral borders!
Sometimes also called mossoul stitch, this stitch is perfect for creating a decorative border or edging.
For couching, you’ll need 2 threads. It’s a unique surface addition to your needlepoint project, perfect for adding different colors and textures.
Originally used to stitch the edge of blankets in sewing, you can now add some nice waves to your embroidery pattern.
Cable chain stitch
Create a necklace-like chain of stitches for gorgeous border.
A Chevron stitch may involve a few steps, but it’s a diverse technique that is perfect to stitch along a curved edge.
Create elegant borders with this decorative stitch.
Advanced embroidery stitches
So you've got the basics down, now it's time to level up and learn some trickier stitches!