Embroidery. Hints tips and useful tutorials

Embroidery: hints tips and useful tutorials

Whether you’re a new or experienced embroiderer, there’s always something new to discover. Here were have plenty of how-tos, tips and even videos to help you on your way.


11 hand embroidery stitches every sewer should know

A logical place to start with this piece - getting down to basics with this really good how-to by Bailey Bastings on the Sewing.com website

Find out about everything from the running stitch, and back stitch to the more advanced lazy daisy stitch and the lovely herringbone stitch.

Top tip for the herringbone stitch: “you might want to draw parallel lines to make sure you’re getting even spaces in between.”

Good news! There’s even a tutorial for that!


Embroidery flower DIY

This tutorial is an excellent place to begin if you’re just starting out with embroidery, or want a project that you can manage comparatively easily. It comes in video form from the impressive HandiWorks YouTube channel.

Learn how to easily draw your own patterns for the individual elements and then join them together with three strands of floss.

There are many other excellent projects on this channel.

The reason we like this?: “Learn to fail fast and discover what is possible once you get past your comfort zone.”

Oh, those knotty stitches! 12 knot stitches, terrific for texture

This tongue-twisting how-to is a positive Aladdin’s cave of embroidery goodies - you’ll keep coming back to the excellent Mary Corbet’s Needle n’ Thread website

Knot only (pardon the pun) will you find information about everything from the French knot, isolated knot stitches, the bullion knot and the redoubtable oyster stitch, you’ll also discover links to associated goodies and videos.

We love:- “The Turk’s head knot stitch is a whopper of an isolated knot stitch! It’s the largest, roundest isolated knot stitch you could probably dream of working, and it is a little complex, but the results, if you’re trying to create a round, secure, interwoven isolated knot on your embroidery, are fantastic.”

How to transfer embroidery patterns to fabric

This is something that everyone will want to try sooner or later: this great example is by Amanda and it on the Crewel Ghoul blog

You’ll very quickly discover that the water soluble marker pen is your new best friend (just in case of mistakes).

Top tip for when you’ve made a tracing: “Tape the paper to the window and hold your embroidery fabric secured in a hoop up to the design”.

And you can also use the light provided by your iPad or tablet of course!

Sew and Craft’s range of embroidery, needlework and craft products

Have a look at the selection of online bargains at the Sew and Craft online shop.

You can discover all sorts of wonderful products for:- 

Knitting and crochet 

Needlecraft kits 

Needlecraft accessories 

Kids craft 

Paper craft.