Embroidery Stitch Library

Welcome to the embroidery stitch library, stitch diagrams, tutorials and photos. All here to help you learn how to embroider. Most of the stitches are really easy to master and even the simplest ones can be used to create amazing hand embroidery.

Back Stitch

embroidery library: illustrated guide to embroidery back stitch

Illustration a) Bring the needle through the fabric a stitch length before the end of your pattern line (1), then complete the stitch by bringing your needle down through the fabric (2). Illustration b) Continue by bringing the needle back up through the fabric a stitch length before the previous stitch.


Stem Stitch

embroidery library: illustration of a stem stitch

Illustration a) Work like back stitch, pushing the needle up one stitch length before the last stitch. Illustration b) However, this time over lap the previous stitch by about one third, still pushing the needle back through the fabric along the pattern line. The completed stitches should give you a continuos rope like effect.


Satin Stitch

embroidery stitch library: illustration of satin stitch

Satin stitch is a very simple stitch that can be used for filling in shapes or covering areas of fabric completely. Illustration a) Push the needle up through the fabric and then back down (Illustration b) in long straight stitches worked closely together so that no fabric shows through.


Running Stitch

Bring your needle up through the fabric at the start of the pattern line a) and then push it back down though the fabric at the end of the pattern line b). You will create the effect of a dashed line.


Split Stitch

Bring your needle up through the fabric at the start of your pattern line and then back through the fabric to make a simple stitch. Push the needle back up through the fabric in the middle of the previous stitch, splitting the threads on either side of the needle b).


Woven Rose

Step 1: Bring your needle up through the middle of the circle where all the lines meet. Cover each of the lines with a single stitch a) going back through the centre point each time b). Keep the stitches fairly loose as you will need to weave thread under and over them.

Step 2: Bring your needle up through fabric through the middle of the circle where all the lines meet. Now begin to weave the thread around the stitches you have made, making sure the thread goes under one stitch and over the next in turn c) and d) continue until the circle is filled with the woven stitches.

Don’t pull the thread tight when weaving allow it to stay loose and lay flat. When complete push the needle back through the fabric and gently tie a knot.


Fly Stitch

Bring your needle up through the fabric at the left hand side of the pattern line, pull thread across to opposite side of the pattern line and back though the fabric.
Now bring the needle up though the middle point of the pattern a). Secure the ‘v’ shape you have made with a small vertical stitch b)


Lazy Daisy Stitch

Bring your needle up through the fabric and create loop a) push the needle back down through the fabric near to where you brought it up. Push the needle back up through the fabric at the point you would like to make the top edge of the petal. Finally secure the petal shape with a small stitch b).