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Basic Embroidery Stitches for Artists: How to Make Stunning Pieces

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Discover the basic stitches needed to make amazing embroidery art from day one.

Various types of embroidery stitches can help you showcase your creativity in myriad ways. We will be covering some essential stitches that can help you level up your fashion design work. It can help you attract customers or just quench your thirst to create something new.

An embroidery sample with a flower pot designed over a patch of white cloth.

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 the 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. Also, it is one of the strongest stitches on this list.

A curved backstitch done with a violet thread.

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. Also, it is known as the straight stitch. The procedure for this stitch involves inserting a needle and then pulling it out at small intervals.

A simple running stitch done with a violet thread.

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 in the thread.

The leaves on the embroidered plant are done with a satin stitch

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 used to stitch and sew up jeans.

The next example showcases a combination of two stitches…

Stem Stitch

It is an excellent outlining stitch and takes meandering curves as well as sharp corners well. And so it stitches more than just straight lines. This makes it a highly useful stitch as you can shade with it and create textures for your design work.

Woven Wheel

This stitch may seem advanced but is quite simple. The woven wheel stitch consists of two parts: the spokes and the weaving. The spokes have ​straight stitches and must be odd in number for continuous weaving.

As you weave, you will proceed in spirals. Soon you will have a stitch that will fill your hoop with amazing florals.

How to Make These Stitches Work For You?

So, we discussed some quick examples of embroidery stitches that will take your work to the next level. Using these you can make pieces that can sell and also brings smiles to people’s faces. Also, we are constantly encouraging you to learn a few types of embroidery stitches and then perfect them over time.

We hope you enjoyed this blog, and we offer embroidery products just in case you want to own something special. Also, if you feel inclined to learn about our design philosophy, visit our about us page and fill out this form! There’s lots more coming up on our website and we will be taking it to the next level. So stay tuned.

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