Basic Embroidery Stitches for Artists: How to Make Stunning Pieces

Learning various types of embroidery stitches can help inspire creativity. It’s a great creative outlet, as it allows you to create beautiful art with just a fabric and thread. As an embroidery artist, practicing multiple stitches can help bring variety in your products. It can help you attract customers or just quench your thirst to create something new.

In this article, we explore 6 types of embroidery stitches that help improve technique and open your avenues to making better embroidery products. So, what are embroidery stitches, we have selected?

6 Basic Embroidery Stitches

Here we will discuss the various types of embroidery stitches that you can learn. Once you learn them, you can start creating your own designs.


It is pretty easy to learn and it is a stitch you will likely use the most. It is used for any outlining work. The backstitch can be used by itself as an outlining stitch and has many variations. 

Running Stitch

It is the most basic embroidery stitch and the basis of many other composite stitches. The key to a nice-looking running stitch is consistency in length and spacing. 

French Knot

These can be used effectively to make flowers or the center of flowers. It’s also a good stitch to use when making a textured fill or other such design elements. The key to it is keeping the working thread taut throughout. There doesn’t need to be too much tension on the thread.

Chain Stitch

For a bolder line of embroidery, you can try the chain stitch. It is a stitch that forms a row of interlinked stitches that stand out. It is a good idea to work it forward and then in reverse. Once those are mastered, you should move on to other variations. It is commonly found on denim fabric as it is quite strong.

Chain stitch embroidery for beginners

The next example showcases a combination of two stitches…

Stem stitch embroidery for beginners

Stem Stitch

It is an excellent outlining stitch and takes meandering curves as well as sharp corners well, so it stitches more than just straight lines. It is a highly versatile stitch, and you can do shading with it by stitching rows of it close together.

Woven Wheel

This stitch seems advanced but is quite simple. Woven wheel stitch consists of two parts: the spokes and weaving. The spokes have ​straight stitches, and must be odd in number for continuous weaving. Weaving proceeds in a spiral form. Soon you will have a stitch that will fill your hoop with amazing florals.


So, we discussed some quick examples of embroidery stitches that will take your work to the next level. We hope you enjoyed this blog, and we offer embroidery products just in case you don’t have the time to learn all the material. Also, if you feel inclined to learn about our design philosophy, visit our embroidery designs page!