Category: tutorials


all embroidery stitch samplers in one place

This Saturday marks the arrival of the last set of 5 stitches for the embroidery stitch lexicon making it to 206 embroidery stitch tutorials total. There will be new stitches in the future because there are still stitches to be discovered, but the list I made when I started this journey is finally COMPLETE. I still can't wrap my head around this. C.O.M.P.L.E.T.E. When this journey started in May 2016 it was more of a challenge to myself how many stitches I can find. I'm not a collector of things in real life, but I love to go and seek knowledge. If you know the knowledge seeker foxes from the Avatar - the last Airbender series (the animation series, not the movies with the same names), I would love to have those at hand. Little minions to collect all the techniques, the methods and the stitches. This is the kind of "stuff"......

Continue Reading


straight stitch - 7 days of stitches

Coming to the last days of the 7 days of embroidery stitches with the: Straight stitch. Straight stitches are THE stitch. It's like a line you draw with a pencil - you can make anything with it. Depending on how you arrange them, how long you make them or how short, the straight stitch can be everything you want it to be.

How to do the straight stitch

straight stitch - 7 days of stitches

1// Stick the needle where you want your stitch to end.

  straight stitch - 7 days of stitches

2// Go up where you want the next stitch to be and repeat step 1. Yup, it's that easy. I told you so.

  straight stitch - 7 days of stitches

Straight stitches......

Continue Reading


couching - 7 days of stitches

On to the 6th day with: couching! Couching is one of the techniques that get overlooked easily. For couching a surface material is attached to the fabric with a thread. The surface material can be anything! Dried flower stems, feathers, metallic threads or wire, wooden sticks, thick/thin/loopy/fluffy yarn or simple embroidery floss. Usually, the surface material is a little bit thicker than the working thread. This way the surface material is the star of the show. If you are using stranded embroidery floss just use one or two strands less for the working thread.

How to do couching

couching - 7 days of stitches

1// Place the surface material on your fabric. If you want to make a complex structure it might be helpful to attach it before couching. Use pins or make a few stitches to hold it in place and......

Continue Reading


fly stitch - 7 days of stitches

It's already day 5 - time is flying by.... which leads me to the next stitch: the FLY STITCH. This embroidery stitch can be used as a detached stitch for scales, flying birds in the distance and other things with a half circle/oval shape. The connected version is great for twigs or flower stems with tiny leaves. I like to use it for branches of fir in Christmas embroideries.

How to embroider the fly stitch

fly stitch - 7 days of stitches

1// Imagine a triangle pointing downwards. Stick the needle in at the upper right corner, then pull it out at the bottom point. Make sure the thread is under the needle tip before you pull the needle through.

  fly stitch - 7 days of stitches

2// Fixate the loop by sticking......

Continue Reading


cross stitch - 7 days of stitches

It's time for the 4th part of the 7 days of stitches series introducing the stitch with the 4 corners *drum roll*: the CROSS STITCH. I mean, this stitch is probably the one stitch that almost everybody has stitched once in their life at school. It is also the term many people say when they actually mean embroidery. Interestingly there is often a distinction made between counted cross stitch and embroidery in general. Counted cross stitch is when you follow a chart of squares to make each stitch. It is similar to pixel art - there are really pixelated pictures like old game boy pixels and high-resolution pictures with thousands of pixels/stitches involved that look very realistic. Cross stitches can be used outside of counted embroidery, too. That is why I show you two ways of making them. The first steps show a stand alone cross stitch. The second set of steps......

Continue Reading


needle weaving - 7 days of stitches

3 day of the 7 days of stitches features a stitch that is experiencing a revival during the last years: NEEDLE WEAVING. Being a cross over between embroidery and weaving, this stitch offers a lot of variations in how you can weave the threads in. I have picked the most basic one to show you the process - the weave stitch. Further below you can see the most popular version - the woven spider wheel - which is used for stitching roses a lot and is very easy to make. I show two different ways for the weave stitch here. One is more like weaving and the thread that is applied is not attached at the sides. For the other way to make the weave stitch, all stitches are attached to the fabric.

How to do needle weaving

needle weaving - 7 days of...... <br><br><a class=Continue Reading


feather stitch - 7 days of stitches

Day 2 of the 7 days of stitches has arrived and it's all about the FEATHER STITCH. This stitch has a long tradition in plant embroidery. It's so easy to mimic different twigs, leaves or even algae with this marvelous embroidery stitch.

How to do the feather stitch

feather stitch - 7 days of stitches

1// Imagine a triangle that is pointing down. Stick the needle in the upper right corner and pull it out at the bottom point. Make sure the thread is under the needle tip before you pull the needle through.

  feather stitch - 7 days of stitches

2// Repeat the first step, but this time use the point where the thread comes out of the fabric from the previous stitch as a starting point.

  feather...... <br><br><a class=Continue Reading


blanket stitch - 7 days of stitches

Let's start off the series with the BLANKET STITCH. This embroidery stitch is often used for hemming blanket edges. Maybe you have/had a baby blanket that was hemmed this way, too?  

How to embroider the blanket stitch

blanket stitch - 7 days of stitches

1// Imagine two parallel lines. Then think of each stitch as a rectangle. Start in the top left corner, stick the needle in the bottom right corner and pull the needle up in the top right corner of this imaginative rectangle. Make sure the thread is laying under the needle tip before you pull out the needle.

  blanket stitch - 7 days of stitches

2// Repeat the first step until you have the desired amount of stitches.

  blanket stitch - 7 days of stitches
Continue Reading


Want to learn how to embroider? Let's start today with one stitch a day!

7 days of embroidery stitches part 2

Hello, fellow embroidery enthusiast! This week is all about embroidery stitches. Each day I'll show you how to make a particular stitch for you to try out and use. If you want to check out the first series, it is over here.

The schedule

Monday: blanket stitch

Tuesday: feather stitch

Wednesday: needle weaving

Thursday: cross stitch

Friday: fly stitch

Saturday: couching

Sunday: straight stitch

7 days of embroidery stitches 2: the blanket stitch 7 days of embroidery stitches 2: the feather stitch 7 days of embroidery stitches 2: needle weaving 7 days of embroidery stitches 2: the cross stitch
Continue Reading


stitch lexicon round 25

First of all: yes I know, it's not Saturday. This Friday I will go visit my grand parents in the mountains for the weekend - making it impossible to access the internet the way I need it on Saturday. So I decided to publish this round of the stitch lexicon today instead of Sunday when we will be back. Two hundred and one stitch tutorials. This is the 25th round of the stitch lexicon and in 2 weeks will be the final round. YES! FINAL! I have some specials coming during the next weeks, so keep your eye on my Instagram feed and the blog. Also, the stitch labyrinth challenge is running right now. If you want to use more than 2-3 stitches and need some practice, you will love this! Go here for more information.

The new embroidery stitches of the stitch lexicon


Page 1 of 1312345...10...Last »