It’s happening again!
I’m getting lots of emails lately about embroidered writing – which has me thinking that there’s either a big project going on out there somewhere involving embroidered text, or embroidering hand-written text is becoming trendy again on the social media waves.
I always know Something is Up out there somewhere, when I get an influx of email asking basically the same questions. Sometimes, it happens with particular stitches that are featured in sped-up reels that are hard to follow; sometimes, it’s a technique that’s being used in a kit that’s gone viral. Or sometimes, it’s just something that’s become trendy again.
In this case, I’ve had quite a few questions about embroidering hand writing.
I wrote this series of tutorials for embroidering lettering and handwriting eons ago, but that series doesn’t include my now-favorite stitch for this type of embroidery, so if you’re interested in embroidering handwriting or text, I’ll point you to some tutorials below.
My absolute favorite stitch for embroidered handwriting is Quaker stitch. I’ve written a step-by-step tutorial for Quaker stitch here.
You can see Quaker stitch used on handwriting in the photo above. I like it because it creates a slightly raised, very clear, fine line, which works great for handwriting. The slightly raised aspect gives the text a little dimension and really makes it stand out crisply.
Quaker stitch is very much like stem stitch, but it adds an element of split stitch to it, which sort of “tightens up” the line. It’s a great stitch for handwriting, so if you haven’t seen that tutorial yet, check it out!
If you’re looking for something besides Quaker stitch – maybe something even more delicate, for example – you can achieve a very delicate line using split stitch with a single strand, or you can use a whipped backstitch with single strands of floss for the foundation and for the whipped part.
If you use backstitch for handwriting and you’re trying to achieve a nice, smooth handwriting, I recommend whipping the backstitch. Otherwise, your handwritten lettering will look a little boxy and juvenile. If you’re going for that chunky, rigid look, though, you wouldn’t need to whip the backstitch. It just depends on the look you want!
For heavier, bold handwriting, you can always increase the weight of your thread (use all six strands of floss instead of just three, for example, or use a heavier perle cotton or other type of thread), or you can switch to a heavier stitch. For smooth, heavy, compact lines, try a whipped chain stitch or a heavy chain stitch.
Remember, you can also experiment with any line stitches, for embroidering handwriting. You can thicken up lines by adding extra rows of the line stitch right next to each other. And you can control how heavy or fine you want your lines by increasing or decreasing the weight (thickness) of the thread you’re using.
I hope this helps answer the recent influx of questions about stitches for handwriting!
If you’re looking for embroidery stitches to peruse, feel free to visit this collection of how-to videos, as well as the alphabetical index of stitches further down that same page.
Have a great weekend!