Use our handy guide for the embroidery techniques in this issue
The simplest of stitches, straight stitch can be grouped together or used alone. Come up at point 1, then go down at point 2. Repeat.
Although it can take some practice, stem stitch is great for textured outlines.
Come up from the back at point 1, then go down at point 2. Before pulling the stitch close to the fabric, come up at point 3 with the loose thread below the needle. Pull the thread taut, then repeat.
When you want to fill an area with a smooth finish, this stitch is the ideal choice. It’s best worked in small areas, because if the stitches are too long, they may snag.
Come up at point 1, then go down at point 2. Come up at point 3, then go down at point 4. Repeat. Always work the stitches across the area you’re filling, coming up on the opposite side where your needle went down.
This stitch is ideal for outlines, and it’s the one you’ll find you use the most.
Come up from the back at point 1, then go down at point 2. Come up at point 3, then go back to point 1 and bring the needle through to the back.
This is a stitch that everyone should learn, because it’s so useful. The secret is to hold the working thread taut while you pull it through.
Come up at point 1, then wrap the thread around the needle twice. Holding the working thread with your non- dominant hand, bring the needle down at point 2 (close to point 1, but not the same hole) and pull slowly until the knot is formed.