I really do have more than three top embroidery stitches, but this will get me started for now. More favorites are coming
1. Stem stitch
This is my go-to stitch for lines of all sorts – stems, rings, swirls and more. It’s simple and relatively quick. I prefer it to back stitch for lines mostly because much more of the thread ends up on the top of the fabric compared to back stitch.
Stem stitch makes a really nice line and can be stitched either with small, neat stitches for a perfect rope like appearance (no I’m not especially great at making even stitches!)
Or it can be made with larger, less even stitches for a line with a little more texture.
And stem stitches make a great filling when made in rows. I’ve done this many times on many projects.
2. Satin stitch
That should really be padded satin stitch because I love the extra texture a little padding adds. In any case, this is definitely my go-to stitch for fillings. I’ve made it with 1 strand of thread for a very fine appearance.
And I’ve used all six strands for a chunkier look that has great texture.
There is no one right way to do it. Always do it your way!
I’ve made projects that are almost exclusively satin stitch.
I just love the stitch!
An embroidery stitch you ask? Sure, it is. In my stitch samplers I’ve given many examples of stitches that can have a bead added for interest and sparkle, so a basic bead stitch is simply a straight stitch with a bead attached. Ok! Maybe you didn’t need to be convinced, but I do love adding beads to my projects.
They are great as berries.
And they are always terrific eyes for birds and other creatures.
And I do love to add them simple as decoration and texture to my projects!
So that sums up my three favorite stitches and how I like to use them. I do have many more favorite stitches, as I said, and I’ll be writing about them very soon.
For now… Happy stitching!