Embroidery is a fun and nifty craft to develop at any age. In case you are thinking that it’s too late to start learning, think again. Before you jump into the weaving world of embroidery, here are the most basic kinds of stitches that you can easily get the hang of.

Ready your needle, scissors, and thread, then let’s get started!

Running Stitch

In case this is the first time that you have held a needle and thread, the running stitch is sort of your warm up. Simply push the needle in and over the fabric continuously, which will result to a straight broken line. This kind is used in hand-sewing to quickly patch up clothes, to temporarily add fabric layers, or to outline a design or pattern for embroidery.

Back Stitch

If a running stitch creates a broken line, then the back stitch results into a solid one, which is also good for quick fixes or outlining embroidery designs. This works when you pull the needle up from the back and you do one stitch forward, and then bring it back through the end of the previous hole. If it sounds a bit tricky, it really is not. After watching one or two demos, you will surely follow how it goes.

Split Stitch

After learning the back stitch, you can easily move forward with the split stitch. The two are fairly similar, but instead of entering the last stitch, you go through the middle. Like back and running stitches, this can be used to outline designs. However, because of its added texture, you can use it later on to fill the color of the outline.

French Knot

The first three are considered as the most basic kinds of stitches. With the French Knot, you need more attention in mastering it. Once you do get the hand of it, it can easily be a favorite because of its use in bringing adorable accents and fillers in any design.

Embroidery, like any craft, requires patience and discipline. When mastered, you can use it to produce works of art, clothing, and even gifts to your loved ones. To discover more about the beauty of embroidery, give us a call here at On the Cuff.