When you’re just starting out with embroidery it can be overwhelming to learn all of the stitches there are out there! I put together this easy embroidery stitch guide full of a few essential stitches to learn to get you started!

These stitches alone would be enough to create some beautiful pieces! Once you’ve mastered the basics you can add new stitches as you go.

1. Outlined Satin Stitch

This stitch is a lot like it’s more basic cousin The Satin Stitch but with an outline. This stitch can be used as a filler stitch for just about any sort of thing that needs filling in.

When outlining this stitch you would use all 6 strands from your skein and then separate out 3 strands for the satin fill stitch on the inside.

2. Fishbone

The fishbone stitch is another great easy embroidery stitch that can be used to fill in spaces. Mostly the fishbone stitch is used to fill in leaf shapes. It’s a nice alternative to the satin or outlined satin stitch and adds a nice texture to your piece.

This stitch uses all 6 strands at once to create the best texture.

3. Bow-tie

Using a bow-tie stitch can be great if you’re trying to create the appearance of a bow on a bouquet of flowers, stars in a sky, or a bow-tie on a person or animal in your embroidery piece. It’s a small stitch but it can add a lot of impact with its small detail!

4. Rosette

This beautiful stitch can be used to create flowers like roses and dahlias. It looks complicated but it’s easy to create! It’s just a bunch of over and under and around and around. All 6 strand of embroidery floss are used to create this stitch.

I like to create roses with this stitch and combine it with the fishbone stitch for the leaves!

5. Zig-zag

The zig-zag stitch is an outline stitch that can be used to outline or divide different areas of your piece. All 6 strand of your skein is used for this stitch unless you’re creating something very fine, then less strands can be used.

6. Chain

Chain stitch is a very common outlining stitch and can be used very similarly to the zig-zag to separate, outline, or define different areas of your piece. The number of strands you use will depend on the effect you are after.

7. Back Stitch

Back stitch is one of the most common types of stitches in embroidery and is an essential easy embroidery stitch to learn when you are just getting started. You will use this stitch often to outline shapes in your piece and you can use it to make stems and other things, too!

8. Running Stitch

Running stitch is one that I don’t use often but it can be a nice way to divide or outline something without a heavy border like the stem stitch or back stitch would provide. Usually, you would use 6 strands of your skein to create this stitch.

9. Stem

Stem stitch is a classic flower stem stitch that creates a lovely flowing stem with a bit more bulk to it than just a back stitch. All 6 strands of your skein will be used for this stitch. If you look at the back of the back stitch it sort of looks like the stem stitch.

10. Blanket

This blanket stitch is a good way to add some variety to your outline and is easy to do!

11. Star

These cute little stars can be used as stars in a sky, filling in a larger area but with a little texture, or they can become flowers by adding in a stem using stem stitch or back stitch.

12. French Knot

French Knot is a classic easy beginner embroidery stitch! It can be used to create the center of flowers, fill in areas, add texture to things and more! It’s such a cute little stitch and takes no time to create!

You can use all 6 strands or separate out 3 strands for a smaller French knot appearance depending on how dainty your piece is.

13. Satin

The satin stitch is one of the most basic beginner stitches. It can be used as a filler stitch for large areas like leaves, and other shapes. For this stitch, you normally separate our 3 strands of the 6 strands from your skein so that the stitch effect if finer and more smooth.

Have you recently learned how to embroider? What stitches did you use in your first piece?

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