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How to Teach yourself Hand Embroidery Stitches

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So many stitches can be overwhelming!

It’s true – there are an amazing amount of wonderfully different stitches when it comes to Hand Embroidery. However, to enjoy stitching you really only need to know a few and you can teach yourself how to do them in no time, in a fun way so it doesn’t feel like a chore.

There are an abundance of talented embroiderers with great blogs giving out a wealth of information on individual stitches.

I have considered creating posts focused on stitches myself but it seems so unneccessary when the information is already out there – you just need to know where to look… Let me show you the resources I use…

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Embroidery Stitch Books…

Books are a firm favourite of mine. I have way too many stitching books (!) however, there are a couple I go back to time and time again when I want to figure out a particular stitch…

The Royal School of Needlework Book of embroidery…

rsn book of embroidery

This is by far my favourite book on Hand Embroidery – it has beautifully clear step by step photo’s and covers every aspect of hand stitching. I have used this time and time again to learn a new stitch.

This is my second favourite – there are so many stitches shown in a clear and easy to understand way. You can just go through the stitch at your own pace until you have it mastered.

Pinterest

I love pinterest! There is so much to look at you can easily lose an hour just happily scrolling from one thing to another! To keep your focus, I have compiled a board that is just about Hand Embroidery stitches which you can find here… Hand Embroidery Stitches

There is a section on FREE Stitch Guides from some great sources online including my own PDF guide for 16 stitches.

There is a wealth of information in this Pinterest board which will cover a whole host of stitches. It is also forever being added to so make sure you ‘follow’ me if you want to stay ahead.

Video Tutorials

If you are someone who does well with watching someone actually do the stitch then if you go to You tube and type in the stitch you are interested in – there are lots of videos on the subject!

FREE Course…

Alternatively, check out this fabulous and FREE course by Charles and Elin called Going Knots – in it they take you through the basics of hand embroidery as well as show you a few stitches including back stitch, long & short, satin and french knots! Well worth accessing for quality information.

Stitch Samplers

Beginner stitch samplers are not something you need to pay for! Grab some cloth, a needle and some thread and practice some stitches from any of the free ways above. You would be better placed investing in a good stitch book you can use time and again and then you can make countless stitch samplers trying out different stitches.

To get you started I have a couple of FREE Templates you can use. They are a great starting point for practising your stitches on and if it looks good you have a reference to look back on when it’s complete.

My Hexagon Template is a really fun way to display and practice some stitches…

hexagon embroidery sampler

Choose a stitch and fill a hexagon. By the time the hexagon is filled in that stitch is learnt and you can try another stitch on another of the hexagons. This is a great project to keep ‘on the go’ so whenever a stitch you don’t know comes along and you want to practice – fill a hexagon before you stitch the real thing.

Another sampler template you can download for FREE is this poinsettia…

poinsettia sampler

The PDF gives you the full size template with the stitch guide and it looks really beautiful when complete. You could do it any colour – it doesn’t have to be a poinsettia!

To access the hexagon and poinsettia template all you need is the password to my FREE resource library…

 

So many ways to learn…

You don’t need to spend a fortune or be a fabulous artist to be able to create something that you will not only enjoy but will be worthy of a place on your wall.

Points to Keep in mind…

There are specific ways to do a particular stitch and there are sometimes alternative ways – unless you are a purist, embrace the one you get the best results from. It does not have to be an exact replica or follow the exact directions. It really doesn’t matter how you did it as long as it looks good and you enjoyed it!

Perfection is never going to happen! You can always rip out a stitch or practice before you go for the real thing but ultimately giving it a go is what matters. As you progress you will see huge progress in your work. Once you get a bit more proficiant you could always revisit a pattern you want to make a better go of.

Before you know it you will be ready for a fabulous sampler like my ‘Walk in the Woods’ Pattern…

This has a lot of stitches incorporated in the design. It is so colourful and fun to stitch it is the perfect way for you to  learn a multitude of stitches as you go along.

Choose a pattern you like and get stitching… as you come up against a particular stitch you can figure it out and move on from there…

 

Happy Stitching!

Nicola