All About Embroidery: What Beginners Should Know

Are you new to embroidery? Do you know that embroidery is among the oldest crafts multiculturally and internationally? As an art, embroidery is very beautiful and expressive. Embroidery is not only a good hobby but also profitable business.


You may get intimidated seeing the products of excellent embroidery. But hey! It does not mean that you cannot try.  You can start learning from the basic.




What Should All Beginners Know about Embroidery?


Hands-On Practice

Practice always makes perfect. Your first goal will be doing hands-on practice. Get familiar with hand embroidery kits for beginners from some online stores. Magazines such as Country Living have various features of embroidery kits in every edition due to the popularity of sample kits. You can find instructions and embroidery supplies as well as all main patterns for embroidery inside the kits. If you want to save your money, try to make the kit yourself.  The needed supplies are provided in this article. For the templates and models, you can get them online and are available to be downloaded.


If you once learned about drawing and colour lining back then in elementary school, you will do it again only that now you will do it using thread, needle, and also fabric.


To begin, we will start with hand embroidery. Why hand embroidery? If you learn basic stitches, it will give you a fundamental understanding regarding the craft and your ultimate achievement. Getting an online template for beginners can be an excellent beginning project and a perfect upgrade for those who try to get back to the old routine after such a long time.



List of supplies of embroidery kits for beginners:


·             Sewing Needles: Tapestry, Crewel and Hatter

·             Embroidery rings and frames

·             Hand embroidery scissors

·             magnifier and good lighting

·             Supplies container



After learning some embroidery kits for beginners, let’s learn 12 technique of basic stitches:


The 12 basic techniques to learn the points and to have in your arsenal of technical means are:


  • Running Stitch

To outline design of an embroidery, running stitch is a good option. The running stitch is also quite quick to do. There are two methods for running stitch; the first one is that the same as hand sewing and called stabbing or punch & poke method.


  • Back Stitch

In contrast to a running stitch, a back stitch forms a thin line. It is suitable if you want to create hand embroidering text or to outline a design. To draw some shapes combined with fabric or filled along with satin stitch.


  • Seed Stitch

It is also called as an isolated back stitch. Seed stitch is actually a series of really small straight stitches or also back stitches created at every angle and towards any directions. However, it has more or less the same length. Seed stitch is applied for filling a ground or a design.


  • Split Stitch

Split stitch earns its high reputation throughout the medieval eras in England. Just like a back stitch, it also provides a solid line. It appears like a good chain stitch and can be used for outlining.


  • Stem Stitch

It is among the most basic and common embroidery. Mostly, it is used in freeform, surface, redwork, whitework embroidery and more. Stem stitch is used for creating embroidery shapes, plants, flower stems, and more.


  • Satin Stitch

It creates a smooth look. It is good for filling hearts or petals. Satin stitch comprises a string of flat stitches. This type of stitch can be applied when you want to enclose the background fabric fully.


  • French Knot

It is a kind stitch commonly used in surface embroidery. French knot creates a knot that is the same with a colonial knot. It can be used to produce a decorative knot in small size. You can create the knot individually to accentuate a design ornament or provide additional texture when created in a cluster.


  • Colonial Knot

It looks identical to a French knot. However, compared to French knot, it appears more solid and tighter. A colonial knot is used for surface embroidery, particularly candlewick embroidery. If you have a problem with a French knot, maybe you can use the colonial stitch.


  • Chain Stitch

Chain stitch is among the basic stitches. It is suitable for a various embroidery project. It is a type of decorative hand stitching where every stitch creates a ring through the front end of the following. For beginners, it is a kind of stitch that they can try to start with. Chain stitch is suitable for outlining, filling the designs of hand embroidery, or adding borders.


  • Lazy Daisy

It is another type of chain stitch. Lazy daisy can be used for making a not only flower and leaves designs but also complex patterns combined with double or triple loops.


  • Feather Stitch

It is an ornamental stitch. Feather stitch is commonly used together with ornaments or different kinds of stitches such as French knot. It consists of series of diagonal blanket stitches directed either to the right or left. Additionally, this stitch can also be used for making borders, filling (vertical or horizontal), or perhaps designs with curves.


  • Coral Stitch

Sometimes, it is also known as a coral knot. A coral stitch is the kind of knotted stitch that is worked together with a line. The outcome is a rather bumpy look of a textured line.