Basic Embroidery Stitches

Hi everyone!

I got bored the other night and decided that I wanted to try hand embroidery!

IMG_6986I went to my local Joann Fabrics and bought some embroidery essentials!

I looked through several of the instruction books they had and went with 500 Simply Charming Designs for Embroidery.

I chose Simply Charming because the stitching instructions included good illustrations and were easy to understand!

IMG_6989There are a lot of really pretty blue threads in the DMC Home Decor pack, so I used one of them for my stitching practice!

IMG_6992Backstitch

I tried the Backstitch first!ย  I’ve used this stitch before, so I didn’t have much trouble with it!

IMG_6994Outline stitch

I think I did pretty well when I tried this stitch initially, but when I tried to make a decorative “N” I had some serious issues!

I did well when I was making a straight line, but the second I tried to make a curved line things got weird! ๐Ÿ˜ฆย  I will try again though!

IMG_6995Straight stitch

For some reason, my straight stitch isn’t very straight, and the stitches got progressively shorter!

IMG_6998Chain stitch

I think my chain stitch looks pretty good, except my little chains aren’t as wide and open as the ones in the book.ย  That could be fixed with practice though!

IMG_7002French Knots stitch

As you can see, I had some serious trouble with the French Knots.

I only got one to work in my nine attempts!ย  That’s just sad!

IMG_7004Lazy Daisy Stitch

Once again, my loops aren’t as nice as the book’s, but that’s okay!ย  Practice makes perfect!

IMG_7005Blanket stitch

This one wasn’t too bad!ย  I do need to work on my consistency though!ย  My stitch length tends to fluctuate!

IMG_7007Fly stitch

I had some trouble getting both arms of the “V” the same length.ย  I also had trouble with the angles.ย  I think my first ones looks pretty good though!

IMG_7010

Feather stitch

This stitch got easier as I went along.ย  It took me several tries to figure out the positioning and the angles.

IMG_7011Cross stitch

Once again, I had trouble with consistency!ย  I think the individual X’s look good though!

All in all, I think my first foray into hand embroidery went well!ย  With just a little bit of practice, I’ll soon be making big, fancy things!

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