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Stitches to Know

 

Get the A-B-C's of embroidery stitches here. Whether you're dressing up a store-bought item, making embroidery hoop art, or decorating one of your own projects, these diagrams will help you understand the stitches you need to know.

 

 

From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A. Insert the needle back into the fabric at B, and bring it up again at C. Push the needle down again at D, bring it up at E. Repeat to make as many backstitches as needed.

 

 

 

 

From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A, form a reverse L shape with the thread, and hold angle of shape in place with your thumb. Push the needle down at B, come up at C, and, crossing over the trailing thread to secure the stitch, again form a reverse L shape with the thread. Push the needle down at D and come up at E to secure the stitch. Repeat to make as many blanket stitches as you need.

 

 

 

From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A, form a U shape with the thread, and hold the shape in place with your thumb. Push the needle down at B, about 1⁄8” from A, and come up at C. Repeat to make as many chain stitches as you need.

 

 

 

From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A. Insert the needle back into fabric at B, and bring it up again at C. Push needle down again at D to complete a cross-stitch. Repeat to make as many cross-stitches as needed.

 

 

 

From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A and form a loop of thread. Holding the loop in place, insert the needle back into the fabric at B and pull it up again inside the loop at C. Push the needle down again at D to make a straight stitch that will hold the loop in place. Repeat to make as many fly stitches as needed.

 

 

 

From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at the point where the knot is desired (A). Wrap the thread around the needle two or three times. Insert the tip of the needle into the fabric at B, a slight distance away from A. Gently push the wraps down the needle to meet the fabric. Pull the needle and trailing thread through the fabric slowly and smoothly. Repeat for as many French knots as desired.

 

 
 

From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A and form a loop of thread. Holding the loop in place, insert the needle into the fabric at B, a slight distance from A. Bring the needle tip out at C and cross it over trailing thread, keeping the thread flat. Gently pull needle and trailing thread until loop lies flat against the fabric. Push needle down at D to hold loop in place. Repeat to make as many lazy daisy stitches as you need.

 

 

 

Lightly draw a circle on the fabric the desired size of the pinwheel. From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A, form a reverse L shape with the thread, and hold angle of shape in place with your thumb. Push the needle down at B (the center of the circle), come up at C, and, crossing over the trailing thread to secure the stitch, again form an L shape with the thread. Push the needle down again at B, come up at D, and secure the stitch in the same manner. Repeat until the pinwheel is complete.

 

 

 

From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A. Insert the needle back into fabric at B; pull the needle up again at C and insert it back into the fabric at D. Repeat to make as many running stitches as needed, loading several stitches on your needle at a time.

 

To satin-stitch, fill in the design area with straight stitches, stitching from edge to edge and placing the stitches side by side.

 

 

From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A and go back down at B, making a short straight stitch. Push the needle up at C, piercing through the center of the straight stitch, then push the needle down at D, making a second short straight stitch. Repeat to make as many split stitches as you need.

 

 

 

From the back of the fabric pull the needle and thread up at A. Insert the needle back into fabric at B, and bring it up again at C. Push needle down again at D to make a large cross-stitch. Pull the needle up at E and insert it back into the fabric at F. Pull the needle up at G and insert it back into the fabric at H to make a small cross-stitch atop the large cross-stitch. Repeat to make as many star stitches as needed.

 

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