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The ever popular art of embroidery is a timeless creative way to use needle and thread. You can enhance garments, stuffed toys, linens and so much more.  And there is such a wide selection of threads on the market, and in so many colors and textures. You can use embroidery floss, metallic thread, perle cotton, crewel yarns; shiny or matte; cotton, silk, rayon or polyester; variegated colors and of course solid colors.

Getting Prepared

Here are some rules and tips for preparing your fabric and thread before you start an embroidery design on your chosen fabric.

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How To Start

& End Stitches

How to anchor your stitches when you start an embroidery stitch, and after you're done with the embroidery stitch.

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What You Need

A few specifics about tools and materials you might use for embroidery.

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Embroidery Stitches

Running Stitch

Also called straight stitch, it is the most basic of hand embroidery stitches.

Closed Blanket Stitch

Similar to the Blanket Stitch. The stitches meet at the top to form V shapes.


Can be used for outlining shapes in your design, add detail, and more. It has many uses in embroidery.

Blind Stitch

A durable stitch frequently used for hemming garments, appliqué and bindings.

Outline Stitch

A basic stitch often used to outline elements in your design. Can be used for flower and leaf stems. It has many uses.

Pekingese Stitch

A stitch formed by looping a second thread through a base of backstitches.

Blanket Stitch

Often used for decorative borders, edges, hems and more.

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