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How to Embroider


Before you start making some great works and embroider whole large tapestries you will have to learn how to make basic decorative seams. Stitches are smallest details that make up the whole composition. You will have to practice a lot so that your hand gets accustomed to routine actions. If you master the process of making basic decorative stitches you won't face any problems in the future when you want to embroider large cloth pieces. These stitching techniques are basic constituents of vast amount of embroider methods. You may use plain stitches to depict central details or contours of the picture you are going to embroider. Plain stitches will be perfect to make flower stems or vertical smooth lines of some ornaments. You may use loop stitches to make petals of small flowers. Tiny knots will make perfect middles of small flowers. It is good if you will master several techniques of embroidery so that you will be able to combine them getting the best result. If you don't have any experience you may start with simplest seams. Even if you can make a simple line with the help of needle and tread you are already able to depict some easy sketches on the cloth.



Embroidery loop

Use an embroidery loops to keep your cloth tight. Make a sketch of a picture or pattern you are going to embroider with a special pencil. Run the right thread in the needle and freeze it into place. Make a loop and run the needle through it. Pull the thread out. Now you may start making the stitches without any worries that the tread will be replaced.



Now puncture the thread with the needle and run the tread. Repeat the same action from the other side of the cloth. You have made your first stitch. Follow the line of your sketch. Now make one more stitch but move your needle backwards. The matter is that if you will make only the direct stitches the line that you get will be a pecked one. To make a smooth line cover the gaps with the stitches directed backwards. To make your line moving forward make the direct stitches bigger than the reversed ones. That method will suit for embroidering the contours and the basic elements such as flower stems and plain lines.



Now let us try to embroider a small flower. Petals of flowers often look like loops. So loop stitches are often used to depict a flower on the cloth. Freeze your thread into place. Run it so that it would locate on the cloth face. Make a small loop and press it with the thumb of your free hand. Run the thread to the back side of the cloth. Regulate the size of the loop. Now make a tiny stitch attaching its rounded end to the cloth surface. Done. Now you may repeat that procedure until you will embroider a small flower.


  • Don't make any knots to place your thread into place.
  • Don't try to embroider the whole picture at once. Take some rest and proceed with the next detail.
  • Don't make threads too long - they can be messed in this way easily.



Embroidering is a good hobby as the monotonous actions calm down. Plus if you embroider for example a painting or a pillow, it can become a great decoration of your place. Or you can create gift for your friends and family members, hand made presents is always a great idea.

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