Mary Corbet

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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Free Embroidery Stitch Tutorials & Tips


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Over the years, I’ve compiled a whole lot of embroidery stitch tutorials & tips here on Needle ‘n Thread.

For Needle ‘n Thread newcomers and veterans alike, today, I’d like to recap some of my favorite groups of stitch tutorials, so that you can explore them all from one spot. Many of you may have seen these before, so this may just serve as a reminder that the tutorials are there for you. Plus, you can add this article to your bookmarks or as a home screen shortcut, so that you can have easy access to several different groups of stitch tutorials and tips.

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not explore some of the tutorials and practice some of these stitches on a doodle cloth? It’s a great way to add to your stitching repertoire!

Free Embroidery Stitch Tutorials & Tips

Here’s a list of some of the collections of stitch tutorials & tips that you’ll find on Needle ‘n Thread.

The first two items on the list are devoted to general stitch tutorials.

The other collections were assembled to solve specific problems.

  • The Stitch Fun Series – this is a group of step-by-step photo tutorials for all kinds of composite stitches, more obscure stitches, and different ways to mix up your stitches. Sometimes, it includes troubleshooting certain stitches.
  • How-To Videos for Embroidery Stitches – This is a collection of video tutorials for a variety of embroidery stitches. You’ll also find an alphabetical index of embroidery stitch tutorials on this page.
  • Ten Hand Embroidery Stitches You Should Know – these are my Top Ten embroidery stitches. If you’re new to hand embroidery and you’re wondering where to start and what stitches to learn, try these!
  • 16 Embroidery Stitches for Leaves – Since leaves are often interpreted in embroidery, I put together a collection of 16 embroidery stitch tutorials that are specifically useful for stitching leaves.
  • 16 Embroidery Stitches for Adding Texture & Dimension – here’s a list of textural and dimensional embroidery stitches that will add a bit of interest to your embroidery projects.
  • 16 Filling Stitches for Hand Embroidery – In hand embroidery, we’re often faced with decisions on how to fill spaces, especially larger ones. Here are 16 filling techniques that can help you make good decisions about fillings on your embroidery projects.
  • Tips for Perfect Stem Stitch – Do you struggle with stem stitch? These 12 tips will help you master the stem stitch, which is one of the most popular stitches used in surface embroidery.
  • Tips for Sensational Satin Stitch – Do you struggle with the satin stitch? Here are ten tips to help you create beautiful satin stitch elements on your hand embroidery projects. Satin stitch is one of the most elegant embroidery stitches. It’s simple in concept, and these tips will help you master it.

I hope you enjoy exploring this list and either learning new stitches or reacquainting yourself with some old friends!

Have a wonderful weekend!


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  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you and did I say thank you? It is wonderful to have all these links in one place. They will no doubt lead to many hours of happy stitching. Thanks again for all you do! (PS I somehow posted this comment on your killer squirrels post. You might want to delete it there and edit it here.)

  2. Thank you so much for all the work and effort you put towards helping newbie and oldie embroiders around the word!!

  3. Dear Mary

    I’ve used and still use the how-to videos they are so helpful and necessary when learning or re-learning how to embroider. I also love the stitch fun series and how you manage to incorporate different aspects to a stitch and the 10 hand embroidery stitches you should know is really handy for beginners and people like me who forget how to embroider a particular stitch. But all of the above are really useful tips and techniques for different stitches and the doodle cloth is such a good idea that’s how I started. Thank you for sharing with us your free embroidery Stitch and tutorials and tips. Have a great weekend.

    Regards Anita Simmance

  4. This is a great post, Mary, thankyou.
    Although I have often roamed through the different categories you mention (and they constitute a genuinely useful resource library), it is indeed a great idea to have in one place a go-to list for when, like Anita, I forget how to do a particular stitch or when heady adventure takes over and I suddenly decide I am ready to try something new.
    I am bookmarking this now!

  5. Over the years, I’ve look at your website for the beautiful (and sometimes funny!) photos of modern and antique stitching. I decided some time back to give some stitching a try. A few days ago I picked up a wool applique piece I hadn’t touched in months. I finished up the blanket stitch and needed to do some stem stitch. I knew Mary Corbet was the person to go to for a video. Sure enough, you taught me how to do the stitch , as well as how to attach some beads, which, in my head, I had made way more difficult to do than it really was! Thanks for the beauty and the help!

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