10 Embroidery Stitches With A Free Guide

Embroidery Stitches Guide
AW17 mermaid embroidery kit, available September 2017

There are many how-to guides to embroidery stitches, but likely none made whilst writing about pom poms and sewing a Willy Wonka costume at the same time. (I mean, not literally at the same time. I don’t have that many pairs of hands). Such is the way of we multi-taskers!

So. You’ve been thinking about doing some hand embroidery. After all, it’s no secret that hand embroidery has had a massive revival in the last couple of years with platforms like Instagram awash with gorgeous embroidery stitches. I think it’s because the world continues to become more and more instant and throwaway. It’s soooooo satisfying to take time to complete something that takes a while, that you can actually hold and touch and feel in your hands.

How to do French knots
AW17 Winter Doll Embroidery Kit, available end September.

I’m all about helping you to make things, so in today’s post I’ve put together a quick guide to ten of the embroidery stitches I use the most. These are all stitches that feature in my AW17 kits, soon to launch and for each one there’s a little diagram and a written explanation of how to do it.

The guide includes these stitches –

  • back stitch
  • stem stitch
  • satin stitch
  • chain stitch
  • long-tailed chain stitch
  • Portuguese border stitch
  • woven wheel stitch
  • French knots
  • blanket stitch
  • cross stitch

I made it because I’m all about helping you to make things. Especially things that are satisfying for you and that you enjoy and that more than likely your kids and your home are going to enjoy too. Getting started with embroidery is SO easy. Get your free guide and off we go.

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And here’s what to do next…

Ok, now that you have the guide, get yourself an embroidery hoop. Get some cotton fabric and a needle and some embroidery thread. If you aren’t sure where to find them then I know some really good places that you could try. 

Now practice. Don’t worry if your chain stitch is too long or your stem stitch goes off at an angle. Have a little bit of fun just trying them out. Try a whole lot of the stitches in a block. Then try them in a row. Draw a shape on your fabric and outline it with a stitch. Fill it in with another stitch. This is you making your very own sampler and learning embroidery. Nice 16th century gals did it all day long and I’m telling you, it’s GOOD for the soul.

You know what else is good for my own soul? Seeing all the lovely things you make. I’d love to share in what you do and tell the world, just tag me @gidsyandjo on Instagram with the #youmakingmore.


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