Embroidery Stitches

Hand embroidery stitches are the patterns that are made on cloth, felt, leather, or other material by sewing. They can be flowers, leaves, stems, birds, fruits, grass, paisley, or any other design. They look beautiful and can be used on dresses, pillows, bags and so on. There can be various kinds of freestyle surface embroidery stitches, as pointed out below. So depending on the purpose, skill or when you would use a stitch, you can choose from the following list.

Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches Based On Difficulty Level

There are a few simple stitches that every beginner should know. Once you are comfortable with these easy stitches, you can make a foray into the complex ones.

Basic Embroidery Stitches for Beginners

Difficult Embroidery Stitches

Different Embroidery Stitches Based On Functionality

Embroidery Stitches for Flowers

Embroidery Outline/Line Stitches (for Branches, Letters, and Words)

Embroidery Fill Stitches (to Fill an Area)

Embroidery Edge Stitches

Embroidery Knot Stitches

Embroidery Stitches to Join Two Pieces of Fabric

  • Palestrina stitch
  • Cretan stitch (open)

Raised Embroidery Stitches for Adding Texture and Dimension

  • Padded (raised) satin stitch
  • Knotted pearl stitch
  • Velvet tufting
  • Raised buttonhole band
  • Cast on stitch
  • Palestrina stitch
  • Woven filling

Reversible Embroidery Stitches

  • Holbein stitch

Embroidery Stitches for Wool Applique

Embroidery Stitches for Quilts

Hand Embroidery Stitches for Crazy Quilts

You can use the outlining and filling stitches to make monograms. The raised stitches can add a unique 3d effect to the background of bags. The decorative embroidery techniques look pretty on pillow covers, bedsheets, etc. You can even use them in fancy writing and to mend your clothes. It would be fun to try out new embroidery stitches every week.

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