Let us show you how to take the two most basic hand embroidery stitches, the running stitch and the backstitch and turn these into beautiful decorative stitches that will make you look like a pro stitcher! The best part is you won’t need to know any other ‘stitch’ to be able to produce these. Want to know more? Read on…
Basic Hand Embroidery Stitches Made Easy With Oz & Belle
In this article, we will tell you exactly what you need to create your decorative stitches and explain through an easy step by step guide how to carry out each stitch. You will be amazed at how easy they are to do and once you have had a go it will be difficult to stop adding decorative stitches to everything!
It’s simple! To create your decorative embroidery stitches all you need is:
- A needle – these are needles that are easy to thread
- Fabric (this stuff is great for practising)
- Embroidery Hoop
- A variety of coloured threads
- Embroidery scissors
- Thimble (you will stab yourself, it’s guaranteed)
- Chocolate biscuits! (Don’t forget the brew)
When you get a chance, check out the kits available in the Store to put your new skills to the test!
Examples of Embroidery Kits and Finished Hoops Available In The Store:
- DIY Embroidery Kit – It’s OK, You’ve Got This!
- Embroidery Kit – Cacti Trio
- Personalised Nursery Hoop Art
- Dream Big Little Man Nursery Hoop Art
How to turn your backstitch into a colourful, whipped backstitch – Braided
Begin with a simple backstitch. Bring your needle up at point ‘A’ and take it down at point ‘B’. Come up at point ‘C’ and take your needle back down through point ‘B’. Continue this until you have a line that is roughly 15cms.
Before you begin to ‘whip’ your stitch, choose another colour and thread your needle with the new colour. Bring your needle up at point ‘A’. Then take your needle under each of the backstitches you created in the same direction, wrapping the new coloured thread around the backstitch as you go.
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Once you get to the end of your 15cm line take the needle down through the fabric at last backstitch you made. You have just created a whipped backstitch, easy right?!
Let’s use the idea of weaving again and create another decorative hand embroidery stitch – Ric Rac
This time we begin with a simple running stitch as the foundation stitch. Bring your needle up at point ‘A’ and take it down at point ‘B’. Leaving roughly the same size space as your first stitch bring your needle back up at point ‘C’ and take it down at point ‘D’, continue this until you have a line that is roughly 15cms again.
Choose another colour and thread your needle. Bring the needle up at point ‘A’ in exactly the same way you did for the whipped backstitch. This time you are going to weave the thread in alternative directions creating an ‘S’ between three running stitches.
Continue weaving in this way until you reach the last running stitch. Just as you did with the whipped backstitch, take the thread down through the fabric at the last running stitch. This time you have created a threaded running stitch.
Have a look at our Instagram page Oz and Belle to see variations of these decorative stitches and how they can be used.
Why stop there? Can you take the basics of what you have learnt in this tutorial and create even more wonderfully decorative stitches?
The possibilities with stitch and weaving are endless. Be creative and try different variations. Could you weave two or more threads at the same time? Take each thread in the opposite direction? Loop some as you weave? Who is to tell you what you can and can’t do, discoveries are never made following the rules.
What amazing hand embroidery decorative stitches are you going to create?
We want to see all of your creations! Use the hashtags #ozandbelle and #decorativestitch to show us yours.
About The Author:
Gina Parry is the owner of the stunning store; Oz & Belle, that sells premade embroidery hoops as well as some rather epic kits.