There is no way I could ever do that! Embroidery is so hard, I will never be that good.Said by Every Beginner Embroiderer
If I had a penny for every time I heard a beginner embroiderer say that…well, my husband and I could probably retire to some luxury beach house in Hawaii!
When I first started learning to embroider, however, I remember saying exactly the same thing. I soon realised though that I couldn’t have been more wrong! Embroidery was so much easier than I had imagined…Even the stitches that I thought would be really complicated turned out to be so simple. Sure, some stitches take a bit more practice than others but that doesn’t mean that you, as a beginner, cant take a bash at them too!
The one thing I did find as a beginner, though, was that I had this new found zeal for embroidery and all I wanted to do was stitch, stitch, stitch and then stitch some more. I felt like there weren’t enough hours in the day or days in the week to do all the embroidery projects that I had on my ever growing “To Stitch” List.
So, that is why for this list of Embroidery stitches I am redefining the term “Beginner Stitches”. These stitches are not the typical, super easy ones that are deemed “suitable” for someone who has never picked up a needle and thread, because you can start on any stitch that takes your fancy. This is a list of stitches that are versatile and fun to do so that you can get stitching all those fun embroidery projects that you have on your list!
1) Back Stitch
Okay, so this is normally a stitch that you will find on every other list of “beginner embroidery stitches” but bare with me! The reason I have included this simple stitch is because of how versatile it is. Not only is it a really practical stitch to learn but you can use this stitch and its many variations to create some beautiful pieces of embroidery. Back stitch is great for creating smooth lines and borders. You can create a whipped back stitch and a looped back stitch and you can even use back stitch to create the filling stitch called brick stitch.
2) French Knots
Once again you will find this in most other Embroidery lists but how could I not include it! Everyone loves a French Knot! They can be used singularly or as a group of knots to create the most amazing textured filling stitch. You can use them for flowers, stars, clothing and I have even seen them used for hair. The list of ways to use French Knots is endless.
3. Satin Stitch and Padded Satin Stitch
Satin Stitch and it’s variation, Padded Satin Stitch, are great filling stitches. Again this made the list because of its versatility. You can use this filling stitch on almost anything to create a smooth surface of stitches. As for the padded satin stitch, by adding that extra layer of stitches underneath, you can create a slightly three-dimensional effect and it really makes that area of stitching stand out.
4. Chain Stitch and Variations
Chain Stitch, Lazy Daisy, Twisted Chain Stitch, Whipped Chain Stitch…need I go on? The humble chain stitch has so many fun variations to play with and that makes it not only versatile but fun too. Plus, Chain Stitch is even better when paired with other stitches. You could combine the Alternating Twisted Chain Stitch with some little clusters of French Knots or some Oyster Stitch to create a floral wreath or bouquet of wild flowers.
5. Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch
While we are on the subject of chain stitch, let’s talk about the Hungarian Chain Stitch. While it is part of the Chain Stitch family, it is, in its own right, a separate stand alone stitch. It creates a solid textured line and is a great way to make those outlines in your embroidery stand out that little bit more while maintaining a nice neat, bold line. It takes a little extra time to complete this stitch but it is so, so worth it for the finished effect!
6. Outline Stitch
Most “beginner” embroidery stitch lists will say that the Stem Stitch is what you should use. While the Stem Stitch is a great stitch to use in embroidery and I would definitely recommend it, and while it is not that different to the Outline Stitch in the way you create it, the finished effect is definitely noticeable. I find the Outline Stitch is easier to keep neat and noticeably more twisted and detailed than the Stem Stitch. For that reason I, personally, prefer to use the Outline Stitch. There is a link in the photo caption to a tutorial showing you the difference between Stem Stitch and Outline Stitch.
7. Looped Blanket Stitch
Now this stitch is seriously easy and very impressive. Let’s face it, it gives us all a lift of encouragement when someone looks at our embroidery and says “wow, that’s beautiful!” The Looped Blanket Stitch definitely adds that wow factor without needing hours to complete or some extreme expertise. It is a 3D stitch that has a beautiful textured effect and is perfect for creating three-dimensional flowers as well as many other things. I would definitely recommend using this stitch in your embroidery.
8. Fishbone Stitch
While this stitch isn’t as versatile as others on this list, it is a go to stitch for creating leaves for almost all embroiderers. It is easy, fast and has a beautifully neat effect when used for leaves. There really isn’t that much more to say about the Fishbone Stitch…except I love it.
9. Woven Rose
Again, the woven rose isn’t massively versatile but it is impressive with its three-dimensional effect. We all love a good 3D stitch and this fits the bill for someone who has a long list of modern embroidery projects. It is fast, fun and perfect the shape makes it fit perfectly in a modern embroidery pattern…and did I mention fun?
10. Cast On Stitch
Cast On stitch may take a little practice but I wouldn’t describe it as hard, because if I can do it then anyone can! This is yet another three-dimensional stitch and you can make it more or less so by adjusting the length. It is also an extremly versatile stitch! It is mostly used to create 3D flowers but take a look on Pinterest and you will find a ton of inspiring ways to use this stitch.
So There is my list of “Beginner Stitches.” Not your usual list but definitely a combination of fun and mostly quick stitches to create.
Are you a beginner? What stitches would make your top 10? Let me know in the comments or feel free to get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the page!
Happy stitching folks!