Here are some basic Embroidery Stitches and tips that I use all the time here at Flamingo Toes!
These are great beginner stitches – if you are just learning Embroidery they are a great place to start!
Click each button to go to detailed instructions and a video about that stitch!
More stitch tutorials are coming soon!
This is super easy and not scary at all. Start by bringing your needle up about 1/4″ below the edge of the fabric piece, or the piece you are sewing on.
In this case, the brown felt.
Sew a little stitch about 1/4″ from the left of this one, putting the needle 1/4″ below the edge of the felt and bringing it out just above the felt. Make sure the needle passes over the loop of thread.
Repeat this last step again to start forming the blanket stitch.
Sew all the way around the piece until you come back to the beginning. For the last stitch, loop it through the first stitch to make the thread lay flat.
How to Finish the Back of an Embroidery Hoop Art project:
This was sent on stumble. Very helpful. Only the coffee is too dark. Wish I could see blanket stitch, brown is just to dark to see stitch. Thank you.
Thanks Rochelle! And that’s great feedback! I’ll work on redoing the blanket stitch photos so they are easier to see.
Awesome! I love learning new stitches! :D
This is just what I need. I bought a very simple black sweater and wanted to embroider on it but didn’t know how nor where to start. Thank you for the clear well done instructions. I agree about the blanket stitch not having enough contrast but that is one thing i know how to do from my quilting:):) Thanks again…
I’m in love with hand embbroidery for embellishment on clothes I sew… and I am an absolute beginner, so: thank you so much for sharing: Pinned!!!
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Rebecca Hamilton says
Just want you to know how much I have enjoyed looking at your work. It is so beautiful. I plan to make the Mason Jar dish towel. Thanks so much for sharing. Love your web site!!! God bless you!!! Rebecca from Loganville, GA
Thank you,this was very well done.
Sunalini Rana says
You are so talented. Website bookmarked.
Thanks so much for these! Do you happen to have a tutorial on how to transfer the pattern onto fabric?
Thank you for your tutorials and your lovely embroideries
This makes me want to learn embroidery! I’m going to have to give it a shot. The French knots are just adorable as little roses. :)
Felice Morin says
These pictures are awesome for illustrating the process! I’ve been trying to teach my neighbor’s kids to embroider for the past few weeks and I think they’re really starting to like it. You can make a lot of cute home designs with some basic embroidery skills. Many of the current sewing machines can embroider complex designs that would be a bit tougher to do by hand. I love your blog, thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much Felice! I’m so glad you like the photos! I have plans to have a whole embroidery stitch series this summer so I’ll be adding lots more tutorials to the list! :)
Kelly Delaney says
Thanks, Bev! This is so helpful! All of the stitches are easy and simple! Again, thanks!
Please more stitches :-)
Find myself needing to keep my mind off other matters, think doing some embroidery would be therapeutic. Used to embroider often when younger but have gotten out of habit due to arthritis in both hands/wrists and nerve damage in right hand/arm. Can’t do much for any length of time. Plus these old eyes aren’t what they used to be, such fun getting older, lol.
But want to keep hands busy as long as they’ll do what I tell them. There are some really cute cross stitch patterns to make which are shared by Country Living each month. Between what you offer and CL projects think can keep myself occupied (need to stay off this machine long enuf also). Winter is usually good time for me to start when am kept in by weather. We live in western CO.
Your patterns and projects have captured my attention and desire to make some handmade items. Sure glad I clicked on your posts. Have wonderful holiday weekend
I have done some embroidery lately and I really enjoy it. These stitch tutorials are really interesting. I will be 70 this year and the craft bug has bitten me. I enjoy a variety of things and have taken some classes on Craftsy to learn some new things. EPP and Foundation paper piecing are 2 of my favorites.
I love your blog and all your creative ideas. You have a great sense of humor also.
Emily @ My Mom Made That says
I’m a fairly experienced embroiderer, and I still have problems figuring out how to get my french knot just the right size. Sometimes it’s way too big and sometimes it’s so small it doesn’t look like a knot.
I adjust my French Knots to the project – so if it’s a small design like a necklace or something, I use tiny knots and if it’s a hoop I like them a little larger. I usually do that by changing the number of times I wrap the thread around the needle before I pull it through the fabric. So for me an large knot is wrapped three times, a medium knot is wrapped twice and a small knot is wrapped once. Does that make sense? I also find that holding the thread in place with my left hand as I’m pulling it through the fabric gives me a more stable knot.
I hope that helps! French Knots were such a trial to me for years! :) If you need any more help feel free to email me too. :)
wendy macleod says
Thanks for the starter stiches they will help get me started on what I want to make my new hobby. Nothing I seem to like better then embroidery, it just makes everything look so delicate.
Thank you so much for sharing the details of your gorgeous artworks! I especially love the air balloon and the camper and started working on the camper a few days ago. But, I guess I’m doing something wrong :| I purchased a needle and it says that it is for tapestry and now notice that it is named as round end. It is very hard to use it in the fabric. What do you think? Do you think it is because of the needle? Which needle is best for the cute cotton fabrics that you use all the time? Can you talk about it a little bit more? Thanks much and keep up the good work :)
Didn’t think would hurt to have some refresher ideas for some or even all of stitches, been long time since I enjoyed embroidery. Thanks to you and couple others will be taking it up again. You do such wonderful work and tutorials are great for needing refreshing of how to’s. Think embroidery will keep me busy.
Especially need to give credit to youngest grand daughter who has inspired me most of All. She gave me a gorgeous piece she embroidered of satin flowers, (she is self taught). Found perfect frame to put piece in luckily to show case her wonderful work. Will share some patterns with her. She is a natural embroiderer, makes up her own patterns as she goes.
Maybe when she comes home from college next year we can do some embroidery together, will miss her so much.. Will be her first year of college. Will never tell her but wish she was going to college here locally but they have to spread their wings. So hard to let them go. Happy weekend
Thx for all the incredible patterns you share with us.
Adam Golightly says
My cousin has been trying to find something to do that can be creative and she can enjoy it during her time at home. She would really like to get some supplies from a professional so that she can be better at it and can be more comfortable. I’ll be sure to tell her about how she can get a pretty arched shape by not pulling too tightly and will end up looking like a teardrop.
Is it better for beginners to use pencil, a iron on ( that washes off ) template or dark tailor’s chalk for the design? Do you think it’s better to use any than just winging it? I find that just winging it the stitches are crooked and/or not equal sized. Thanks for the advice!
I think it’s best to use a marker of some sort, rather than just winging it Karthryn. I like to use a fine tip marker for my designs, it is easier to stitch over!
This is just what I need to get started with embroidery. I found a link to your blog on diyncrafts along with some other embroidery patterns for beginners, but none showed how to actually make the stitches. Thank you!
How many strands of DMC floss do you use? I never know if I should use all 6 strands or just three or what? Thank you for your inspiration! ♥️
I use three strands for most things. I do use 6 strands if I’m doing woven wheel roses. :)
Ellen Follett says
I thought you had a tutorial on how to transfer a pattern. I was busy that week and didn’t get a chance to see it. Any chance it’s still available? Thanks so much.
I do Ellen! You can find that here: https://flamingotoes.com/how-to-transfer-embroidery-designs/