5 Basic Embroidery Stitches For Beginners

Posted by Claudia

Even if you've never embroidered a single stitch before, these five stitches are simple to master in no time at all! Learn them, and you can begin applying them to craft projects like these beautiful Zenbroidery patterns.

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5 Basic Embroidery Stitches For Beginners

When I first came across Zenbroidery, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and relaxing it is. The coloring book-style images are stamped onto fabric and you "color" in the picture with floss by stitching in between the lines. I've been embroidering for a while, but it occurred to me that beginners may look at the guide included in the pack and be a bit confused. While it's handy, it can be hard to follow the instructions on paper. The video above shows you basic stitches you can learn easily and then apply to your project. All you need to get started is a piece of cotton fabric or a Zenbroidery pattern, a pack of embroidery floss and embellishments, a wood embroidery hoop and some scissors.

The five stitches you will learn are:

1. The Running Stitch

2. The Back Stitch

3. The Split Stitch

4. The Stem Stitch

5. The Satin Stitch

Once you feel comfortable with these five stitches all you need to do to complete a design is group them in varying combinations. Even the most basic embroidery stitch becomes part of a larger, colorful piece when you stitch several rows together. You can also leave areas blank and incorporate the black lines into your finished composition or embellish your image with sequins, beads or paint. Whatever you feel inspired to do to make it uniquely yours is really all it takes!

Happy Crafting!