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Basic Embroidery Stitches

A visual primer of common embroidery stitches.

Piecework Editorial Staff Jan 18, 2021 - 1 min read

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PieceWork editor Kate Larson stitches with her handspun cotton on hand-dyed fabric. Photo by Elizabeth Prose

Backstitch

Backstitch

Blanket Stitch

Blanket stitch

Buttonhole Stitch

Buttonhole stitch

Chain Stitch

Chain stitch

Cheveron Stitch

Chevron stitch

Closed Herringbone Stitch

Closed herringbone

Coral Knot Stitch

Coral knot stitch

Couching Stitch

Couching

Cross-Stitch

Cross stitch

Feather Stitch

Featherstitch

French Knot

French knot

Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone

Lazy Daisy Stitch

Lazy daisy

Long and Short Satin Stitch

Long and short satin stitch

Padded Satin Stitch

Padded satin stitch

Running Stitch

Running stitch

Satin Stitch

Satin stitch

Stem Stitch

Stem stitch

Whipped Outline Stitch

Whipped outline

Learn more about embroidery stitches in our A Stitch in Time series.

Illustrations by Ann Sabin Swanson

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