How many embroidery stitches do you need to know?

Currently, I'm working on a new part of the 7 days of stitches series. For this purpose, I'm looking for artists and designers who use these particular stitches in their work to show you how it can be used. It wasn't a problem at all to find embroidery art and patterns for the first 7 stitches (running, back, stem, chain, satin, french knot) with the exception of the herringbone stitch. Finding modern embroidery with the new stitches, however, proved to become a challenge - which came to a surprise to me because they are all basic stitches, no crazy variations and such.

What do embroidery artists and designers use?

Many artists and designers use a range of 3-5 different stitches that everybody uses and 1-2 stitches specific to them. Specific to them means, they use stitches that not everybody uses, but of course, they are not exclusive to them. The variety......

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the embroidery stitch family guide by Pumora

Thank you!

During the past months, the embroidery stitch lexicon has not only grown in tutorials, it has brought many friendly people into my life. I appreciate your kind words, interesting questions and words of encouragement so much! The people in the world around me often don't get the whole embroidery thing I'm into. Knowing there are people in this world who do get it, who pick their brain about which stitches to use with the same joy and enthusiasm like me, who sit over the choice of which color of thread to use, who love to sit for hours and move the needle up and down, up and down - to be part of this magical and great community of embroiderers makes me very happy. To celebrate embroidery and the stitch lexicon I have prepared a special goodie for you!

The Embroidery Stitch Family Guide

The Embroidery Stitch Family Guide is an ebook with......

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pimp your embroidery hoop

Pimp your embroidery hoop - the ultimate toolbox to let your embroidery shine is launching tomorrow (Wednesday)! I'm so excited to share all the things I have learned about embroidery hoops and how to use them to your advantage.

Let's fast-forward the hoop mistakes

You see, I have done many rookie mistakes on my long embroidery journey. Like, getting the fabric tension wrong. I see this mistake very often on beginner embroiderer's hoops and it breaks my heart every time because I know that feeling. When you spent hours and hours stitching and in the hoop, it looks perfect, but when you take it out of the hoop the perfectly round shape suddenly tilts. This happened to me with a compass design that included hundreds of french knots. HUNDREDS! It was nerve-wrecking and so a.v.o.i.d.a.b.l.e!

What's in the course?

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embroidery stitch lexicon round 22

Can you imagine half of the year is already gone? It always strikes me at this time of the year, that we are at the peak of summer (I'm writing this while it's raining cats and dogs outside) and that the crafting season of falla nd winter is not so far away anymore. For me embroidery is much more related to the summer. My mother used to sit in the sun and stitch flowers while my sisters and I were playing outside. I guess that's why I always relate embroidery to sunshine and warmth instead of a winter activity (also light is sparse in winter, too, so not as much daylight time to stitch). When is your embroidery season? Summer, winter, fall or spring? Or are you embroidering like mad all year round and see no difference regarding the seasons? Let me know in the comments!

Here are the new embroidery stitches:


tutorial: making a patchwork mini hoop

Last week I had this crazy idea. A fresh load of shiny new fabric arrived on my front door and I guess the patchwork virus got me. Patchwork is not my strong suit. I ALWAYS manage to confuse something and end up cutting seams that should not hold together the pieces I just attached to one another. But - just take a moment and imagine a quilt or patchwork thing you have, shrink it in size and put it in a mini hoop - just for a moment - isn't it adorable? Yeah, that's what I thought, too. Also, tiny things always look good even if you screw up something (which I did - it's me and patchwork, but we did fine this time, I did not scream ... as loud). So the idea of a patchwork mini hoop was born! On Instagram, I asked if you would enjoy......

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embroidery mini hoops you need to check out!

The embroidery mini hoop - my new obsession

Can you guess I'm into miniature embroidery right now? It's so fast to do, you don't need a lot of materials and you can even do some de-stashing of the tiny pieces of fabric that are too precious to throw away but too tiny to do anything with it. So, I did a little research and almost fell off my chair when I saw how many different embroidery mini hoop variations there are! Who would have known?! From the modern laser cut to the handcrafted hoop, there are so many options out there to make your own embroidery piece shine even more. Below you'll find a list of Etsy shops with the most gorgeous mini hoops ever. I don't get any money from showing this to you, I just love discovering shiny new things and sharing it with you.

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embroidery stitches

This round all but one stitch are centered around the number 2. Double threaded or interlaced, mirrored and simply double - there are many possibilities to arrange the same stitch twice and get beautiful results. The number two plays a major role in embroidery. You go up and down, left and right, it is a steady dance between 2 directions that form the incredible amount of possible stitches. Yesterday, I talked about the 2 methods of hand stitching: Yesterday, I talked about the 2 methods of hand stitching: stabbing and sewing. In the tutorials all stitches are shown with the sewing method. Mainly, because I can show you 2 steps in one photo, which makes it less picture heavy. Showing a stitch in the stabbing method does require double the amount of pictures. Nevertheless, stabbing is a much easier method to get neat stitches with and I highly encourage you to pursue......

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Are you stabbing or sewing?

Are you a stabber? You can admit it, I will not tell anyone. Stabbing your stitches I mean - of course - what were you thinking? I'm not talking about what you do when you hold your needle and someone runs over your embroidery floss storage spilling all your precious threads over the floor and in the delighted paws of your cat. No. I'm talking about the way you use said needle to form your embroidery stitches.

In embroidery like with every other thing on earth, there are multiple ways of achieving something.

The two major ways to embroider look like this: sewing and stabbing embroidery method   The red one on the left is stabbing, the blue on the right is sewing. You see the difference?

Stabbing embroidery method

When you are a stabber, you pull the needle through the fabric every single time.

How to use metallic threads in your embroidery

Currently, metallic threads are all on my mind lately. There are some secret projects in the making that may or may not include some golden stitchery *wink*. The last time I stitched with golden threads for the cross stitch advent calendar pattern, it was a real pain. I used a machine embroidery thread which has a great color, but it's not a dream to work with.

I have heard lots of horror stories starring metallic threads as the main character and it sort of took the enthusiasm out of me to venture in this type of threads further.

But you know, they look so pretty! So I got all of my threads out and made a side-by-side comparison for several stitch types. Here are the results:

From top left clockwise:

  1. DMC light effects E211 (the white/violet one)
  2. the metallic thread that came with a  machine sewing thread set
  3. DMC Diamant D3852
  4. Guetermann......

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stitch lexicon round 20

It's saturday again and this means: new embroidery stitch tutorials. With the crossed fly stitch the fly stitch family now is complete. Have a look! It's crazy to think about that at some point the leicon will be finished and there will be no tutorial-saturdays. *sigh* luckily there is always a stitch to add and yet... Can you relate? When I am right in the middle of a big project it all seems so much, that it's like a task with no end - until you can see it in the distance. The goal you have worked for. And then you have to think of something new - haha- ok it's actually fun to start new things. Now on to the stitches:

The new stitches

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