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Monday
Feb122007

Embroidery Basics

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Embroidery is a wonderfully expressive craft that employs a variety of different techniques.  Here are a few of the basics. These samples were made with hand-dyed embroidery thread from Valdani Threads. If you are interested in learning more about embroidery, explore our collection of embroidery books and patterns.

Backstitch 

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Bring the needle and thread from the back to the front of the fabric.  Put the needle down through the fabric about 1/8-inch away from where you started (For right-handers, it may feel more natural to move to the left; left-handers may prefer the right).

Bring the needle up approximately 1/8-inch away from where you went down.  Pull the thread through.  Put the needle back down in the same spot you did before, taking a backstitch. 

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Chain Stitch

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Bring the needle up from the back of the fabric and pull the thread through.  Put the needle back through the fabric a scant 1/16-inch from where you began, but do not pull the thread all the way through.  Leave a short, loose loop. Bring the needle back up about 1/4-inch away, and pull the thread up through the loop.  Put the needle back through the fabric, catching the loop and leaving a new loop through which to pull the needle on your next stitch. 

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Satin Stitch

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Begin as you would for a running stitch, by making a single stitch.  Bring your needle back up through the fabric directly next to where you began the first stitch.  Make a parallel stitch to the first as close to the first stitch as possible.  Repeat to create a solid field. 

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Reader Comments (4)

thanks!

i needed the embroidery help :)

-kimberlee
October 11, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterkimberlee
This is awesome! Thanks for the detailed shots.
August 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterQ
Thanks for showing elementary embroidery.
February 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEmbroidery Designs
So pretty, your photos are the best!
January 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

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