11 types of hand embroidery stitches we can’t live without!

BEST hand embroidery step by step stitch guide
Learning all the embroidery stitches can be challenging and daunting.  

1.  Running Stitch

Running Stitch | 11 Different Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches
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The running stitch is mostly used to create an outline to an embroidery design. It is a kind of stitch that can be used for sewing almost anything from clothing, to garments, to embroidery. Check for the tutorial here.

2. Back Stitch

Backstitch
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The back stitch is a thin-line stitch that is commonly used in outlining a design to be filled with satin stitch. It is also used if you want to add fine detail to your work design. Check the tutorial here.

3. Split Stitch

Split Stitch | 11 Different Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches
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The split stitch looks like a mini chain stitch when done continuously. It’s great to use in outlining designs like floral stems. See tutorial here.

4. Stem Stitch

Stem Stitch | 11 Different Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches
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A stem stitch is beginner friendly and known to be one of the easiest. This can also be used in creating an outline of most embroidery stitches. It’s ideal to use for curved or straight lines. Check the tutorial here.  

5. Satin Stitch

Satin Stitch | 11 Different Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches
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It is an easy stitch that is used in covering certain designs like a leaf which leaves a smooth, satin-like appearance. Some embroiderers create an outline of the design first using straight stitches to make sure that the satin stitches will be contained within its parameters. It is also known as the damask stitch. Check the tutorial here.

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6. French Knot Stitch

French Knot Stitch | 11 Different Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches
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This stitch is used in creating fine details such as the eyes in a design pattern. Although this stitch is not popularly used, you can use this to fill the center of flowers or round shape designs. See the tutorial here.

7. Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch | 11 Different Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches
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A stitch that forms a chain-like pattern after a series of looped stitches. This stitch is used for straight or curved lines. Check the tutorial here.  

8. Lazy Daisy Stitch

Lazy Daisy Stitch | 11 Different Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches
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This type of stitch is frequently used for making floral and petal designs of most embroidery patterns. It is not made continuously. Rather, you have to make a loop and create a small stitch at the end of the loop which later on creates a look of a daisy petal. Check the tutorial here.

9. Feather Stitch

Feather Stitch | 11 Different Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches
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The feather stitch is known as a single coral stitch. You’ll love it once you’ve learned how to do it because it is attractive and so easy to sew. You’d love to see the tutorial here.

10. Seed Stitch

Seed Stitch | 11 Different Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches
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The seed stitch is also considered a running stitch. It is also called a rice grain stitch. This is done by making a running stitch in one single direction until the whole design is filled just like the image shown above. Check here for more details.  

11. Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone Stitch | 11 Different Types of Hand Embroidery Stitches
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Herringbone is a versatile stitch that can be used to hem garments. It is also known as catch stitch or plaited stitch. If you’ll try to create this, you might want to draw parallel lines to make sure you’re getting even spaces in between. See the tutorial here.   Watch this video tutorial about creating Embroidery Stitches by Amanda Rolfe.

 

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