Hand embroidery Stitches

Learn about all the different embroidery stitches and styles with which to create beautiful hand embroidery designs.

Hand embroidery involves decorating fabric with colourful stitches made in an attractive pattern with needle and embroidery thread. With hand embroidered designs you have a way of adding a personal style to your accessories, clothes, home accessories and many other cloth products.

Cross-stitch, counted thread, embroidery, needlepoint, smocking, crewel, punch embroidery, appliqué and quilting- all your favourite fabric embellishments uses hand embroidery stitches. 

Hand Embroidery Stitches

Commonly used Hand embroidery stitches

Satin stitch

This stitch creates a smooth, shiny finish- the best for leaf and floral embroidery.

Running stitch

This is a basic embroidery stitch that every beginner should know.

Bullion Stitch

This unique coiled knot stitch creates a three-dimensional effect

Learn Bullion stitch

French Knots

This classic stitch adds a beautiful raised dot.

Ladder Stitch

This stitch creates a ladder-like appearance.

Chain Stitch

This stitch is used to create floral motifs, and letters.


Stem stitch

Outline stitch

Chain stitch

Running stitch

Split stitch

Back stitch

Couching stitch

Related posts : Outline stitch ; Running stitch & 9 variations ; Back stitch & 2 variations; Cable chain stitch ; Chain stitch and its 21 variations


Chevron Stitch

hand embroidery - chevron stitch

Pekinese stitch

Single or Double threaded back stitch

Turkey Stitch

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Related posts : Chevron Stitch 


Threaded running stitch

Related posts : Running stitch & 9 variations


Coral stitch

Bullion stitch

French knot stitch

Sheaf stitch

Knotted blanket stitch

Related posts : Granitos stitchFrench knot stitch ; 6 important knot stitches in embroidery; Bullion Knot stitch


Closed blanket stitch

Blanket stitch

Double blanket stitch

Filling blanket stitch

Knotted blanket stitch

Long and short blanket stitch

Pinwheel stitch

Related posts :Blanket stitch & 11 variationsEyelet stitch 
Basic cross stitch
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Double cross stitch

Upright cross Stitch

Herringbone stitch

herringbone stitch

Fishbone Stitch

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Vandyke Stitch

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Star stitch

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Ermine stitch

embroidery stitches -ermine stitch

Related posts : Herringbone stitch & its 2 variations ; Fishbone stitch

Basic Chain stitch
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Zig Zag Chain stitch
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Lazy Daisy stitch

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Twisted chain stitch

Threaded chain stitch

Feathered chain stitch

Rosette chain stitch

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Heavy braided chain stitch

Square chain stitch

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Cable chain stitch

Wheat ear stitch

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Seed Stitch

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Straight Stitch

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Satin Stitch

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Holbein stitch/ kasuti embroidery stitch ; Satin stitch ; Long and short stitch


Basic feather stitch
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Cretan Stitch
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Fly Stitch
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Fern Stitch

hand embroidery fern stitch

Arrowhead stitch

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Related posts : Fly stitch & 7 variations ; Feather stitch 

Encroaching stem stitch

Related posts : Stem Stitch & 3 variations

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Four sided stitch

Drawn thread embroidery – 2 methods

Chicken scratch embroidery

Chikankari embroidery

12 basic bead embroidery stitches

How to stitch shell stitch – 2 ways

4 ways to do couching

6 best filling stitches

Black work embroidery

Bobbin work

Broderie Anglaise embroidery

Kutch embroidery tutorial

Insertion stitches

Kantha embroidery

Sashiko embroidery

Shadow embroidery

Needle painting

Pattern Darning

Pick stitch

Queen Stitch

Scallop stitch

Zardosi embroidery work
Phulkari embroidery

Pulled Thread embroidery work – 5 basic stitches used

5 easy Chikan motifs

Chain stitch embroidery – 5 common motifs.

8 ways to make lazy daisy flower embroidery designs

8 ways to attach mirror

6 ways to do cutwork embroidery

12 easy 3D embroidery flowers

12 ways to do Applique work

10 ribbon embroidery flowers – tutorial

10 paisley / mango print designs for embroidery

10 easy hand embroidery motifs for the lazy embroiderer

9 best ways to do embroidery transfers

9 easy to sew bead border designs

A guide to do smocking

Rose embroidery – 12 ways to make embroidered roses

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12 different types of hand embroidery thread

12 types of metallic thread for embroidery

14 types of embroidery sewing needles

Best ways to turn a photo into an embroidery work

How to design embroidery – 10 great sources of inspiration

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How to make a cross stitch pattern – 4 easy ways

Indian hand embroidery patterns and motifs

Embroidery flower stitches

22 beautiful embroidery border designs

9 Bead embroidery border designs

4 ways to stitch a pansy flower.

Bead embroidery tassels and other bead edging

Embroidery placement- Where to embroider on clothes, accessories and linen

10 easy small embroidery designs for bedsheets and pillowcases.

small embroidery designs

The following basic embroidery stitches are the building blocks of all beautiful needle work creations.  You can combine them in various combinations to create the most creative and captivating hand embroidery designs.

You can rejuvenate your old clothes into a new creation with a little ingenuity and knowledge of some basic hand embroidery stitches.

A lackluster old purse can turn into a designer piece with some metallic embroidery on it.

An old T-shirt can be customized with your logo embroidered on it.

An ordinary jeans can be turned designer jeans with some cool designs done on it.

You can delight your child by customizing his accessories with his name embroidered on them.

The beauty of hand embroidery is that you just need some basic simple tools to turn a designer – the fabric of your choice, needle and embroidery floss are the basics you should have to start with in your arsenal.The needlework stitches outlined here can form the building blocks for your ultimate artwork.

Checkout this post on basics of hand embroidery ( 10 FAQ answered) if you are a beginner to embroidery 


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