Hand embroidery begins with a few basic stitches. Once these stitches are mastered, it’s very easy to move into other specific embroidery techniques. Here, you can see diagrams of different stitches, with an explanation of how to execute them. The stitches are categorized by “stitch families” – for example, outline stitches, chain stitches, detached stitches, knots, filling stitches, etc. Each “family” has its own page. For more complex forms of stitchery, I suggest purchasing a good book, but for the basics, you can pick them up pretty easily here.
- Line Stitches: Running stitch, whipped running stitch, backstitch, outline stitch, stem stitch, and couching.
- More Line Stitches: Coral Stitch, Scroll Stitch, Portuguese Knotted Stem Stitch
- Chain Stitches
- Detached Stitches & Knots
- Buttonhole Stitch & Its Various Uses
- Filling Stitches – Part I: fishbone and flat stitch
- Filling Stitches – Part II: Satin Stitch
If you would like to see video tutorials of these stitches and more, please visit the Video Library of Stitches.