Top 4 Hand Embroidery stitches everyone should know

If you were looking to pick up a hobby, or maybe get into a new business, and your first thought was to learn more about Embroidery than you have picked up a noble craft. The first-time people look at Embroidery it might seem a bit difficult to learn at first. As there are many stitching techniques, and even more designs that need to be mastered, Embroidery might seem like a steep hill to climb for a newcomer. The books about Embroidery designs will have everything in them that you will need to get yourself going, but if it looks a bit overwhelming don’t be afraid as we will explain the 5 hand embroidery stitches that everyone can learn, and should know.

In no time you will have lots of fun creating a design that you found in a book or online, or just sticking your own ideas without much of a hassle.

  1. The running stitch

This is the first stitch that is also the easiest o master and the most used one for many designs. The stitch is performed fast so a lot of the design space can be covered using this design, which of course depends on the design method itself. The two main ways to do this stitch are:

– Pushing the needle on the inside and the outside of the fabric in a straight pattern using the continuous motion

– The second is when the needle is pushed through the piece of cloth and pulled up again. This can also be found in many vintage books under a different name of the stabbing method.

  1. The back stitch

Opposed to the running stitch the back stitch is made from a line and is particularly used in a text or similar designs. This method begins by pushing the needle through the fabric in the upper motion and doing another stitch forward. Underneath is where the spacing is created depending on the design, but pull the needle through the fabric at the end of the previous stitch to make it firm.


  1. The split stitch

The stitch that is most similar to the back stitch is the split stitch. It’s mostly used to create a solid line and ads texture to the said line.

To learn how to make this stitch pull your needle and floss up and push it to trough the desired fabric where you will then create a standard straight stitch. The needle needs to go under the hoop and connect it with another straight stitch and then it’s just about repeating the needle up through the center of each stitch.

  1. The satin stitch

This is the best filler stitch as it can fill a large area without a lot of complications. For instance, if you are creating a design of a heart or something where the design requires it to be filled up with color the satin stitch is your go-to stitch. To begin to create one stitch and bring the needle up but on the opposite side from the initial stitch. The stitches need to be close to one another and tight, that’s all there is to it.