Top 5 basic hand-embroidery stitches for beginners

Embroidery is in the spotlight these days—and we think we know why. It’s a snap to learn, it’s meditative and calming to do, and it doesn’t take mountains of money or tons of time to enjoy it. YES!

If you love sewing, quilting, fabric, and thread but you’ve never tried embroidery, you simply must—we guarantee you’ll have a good time! Today we’re sharing a roundup of short-and-sweet videos from embroidery enthusiast Roseann Kermes, author of A Little Something. She’ll show you what a cinch it is to get started with five basic embroidery stitches for beginners.

First things first: learn how to separate single strands of embroidery thread (simple as can be):


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Next, learn how to do a running stitch (if you’ve ever hand quilted before, you’ve already got it down):


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A backstitch is just as easy as a running stitch, with one little twist:


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Now we’ll learn a favorite of many embroiderers—the blanket stitch:


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Here’s Roseann’s signature stitch—the star stitch:


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And finally, the fanciest of basic embroidery stitches, the French knot:


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Think you can master these stitches? You bet you can! Grab a square of fabric, a bit of embroidery thread, and a hand-sewing needle and give it a try. Post your embroidery sampler to Instagram using the hashtag #martingaleembroidery—we’d love to see your stitchery!

With these stitches in your embroidery tool belt, you’ll be able to create lots of beautiful goodies from Roseann’s book, A Little Something, including:

Autumn Abundance Wall Hanging
Autumn Abundance Wall Hanging

Strawberry Sewing Trio
Strawberry Sewing Trio

Hospitality Hanger
Hospitality Hanger

Plus lots more! See all 16 projects from A Little Something.

BONUS! Download our FREE Common Hand-Embroidery Stitches eBooklet at our website to learn even more embroidery stitches.

What other embroidery stitches would you like to learn—or as an experienced embroiderer, which stitches should we focus on sharing in future posts? Tell us in the comments!

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