Learn basic embroidery stitches to make stitching your designs easy and fun!
As I mentioned in my quick-start guide to embroidery, you don’t really have to know any “stitches” at all to get started on your first embroidery projects.
How to Stitch Running Stitch
If you’ve been making stitches just by going up and down, in and out of the fabric, you’ve been doing a sort of running stitch. It’s the most basic embroidery stitch out there and it’s super simple and pretty fast to do, too.
To start, bring the needle up through the fabric from the back to the front. Make a stitch by putting the needle into the fabric and pulling to the back. Leave a little space, then bring the needle back up through the fabric to the front. Continue in this manner to make your design.
A slightly fancier way to do running stitch (and I assume where it got its name) is to form a few stitches at once by taking the needle up and down through the fabric — “running” through the fabric, as it were — then pulling the yarn through once to make several stitches.
Step Up Your Skills: Back Stitch
Back stitch is actually my favorite of the basic embroidery stitches because it produces a solid line of stitching. It’s actually still really easy to do but to me it looks a lot better, and if you do it right you can completely cover up the lines you made to guide your stitching.
This time after you bring the needle to the front, instead of stitching forward you go back, finishing the stitch in the same place where the previous stitch started.
As with running stitch, you can also do the movements of back stitch in one movement. Start from the front, put the needle in the end of the stitch and slide it so it comes back up at the beginning of the next stitch.
And here’s a quick video of this one, too:
These two basic embroidery stitches are great for stitching lines, forming words, making the stems of flowers or outlines of shapes. You can really go far in embroidery just knowing these two stitches!