Embroidery Stitches

To start any embroidery stitch, make a small knot at the end of the thread as you would in sewing. Finish the stitch by making another small knot on the back of the work.

Back Stitch

Back Stitch #1
Bring needle up from back to front and re-insert needle, from front to back, to the right of your entry point. Pull thread taut.

Back stitch #2
Bring needle up, from back to front, in front of the completed stitch. Try to keep the distance from the needle to the completed stitch the same length as the completed stitch itself.

Back stitch #3
Re-insert needle, from front to back, in the same place where you originally started the stitch (or as close to it as possible). Pull thread taut.

Back stitch #4
Two completed back stitches.

Back stitch #5
Several completed back stitches.

Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch #1
Bring needle up, from back to front, and re-insert, from front to back, just next to the entry point, leaving sufficient thread to form a small loop. It may be helpful to hold thread with your hand.

Chain stitch #2
Bring needle up from back just inside the top of the loop. Re-insert needle, from front to back, just next to the previous entry point.

Chain stitch #3
Leave sufficient thread to form a second loop (chain).

Chain stitch #4
Repeat to form a chain.

Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch #1
Bring needle up, from back to front, and re-insert it, from front to back, on a diagonal.

Cross Stitch #2
Pull thread taut.

Cross Stitch #3
Bring needle up, from back to front, next to original entry point and cross on the opposite diagonal, going over the previously completed stitch.

Cross Stitch #4
Pull thread taut to form a cross. Tie off thread at back of work.

French Knot

French Knot #1
Bring needle up, from back to front, and, holding needle parallel, twist thread around needle, from right to left, 2 to 3 times. The more times you twist the thread around the needle, the larger the knot will be. Hold thread taut with your left hand.

French Knot #2
Re-insert needle, from front to back, just behind entry point, holding thread taut against needle with your left hand.

French Knot #3
Hold needle perpendicular to the fabric and push it through fabric, holding thread taut the entire time until needle is through.

French Knot #4
Pull needle out from underside of fabric and pull thread taut to form a knot. Tie off thread on back of work.

French Knot #5
Completed french knot.

Lazy Daisy Stitch

Lazy Daisy #1
Similar to a chain stitch, bring needle up, from back to front, and re-insert it, from front to back, just next to the entry point, leaving sufficient thread to form a small loop.

Lazy Daisy #2
Hold loop with finger and bring needle up, from back to front, just inside top of loop.

Lazy Daisy #3
Re-insert needle, from front to back, just on other side of loop. Pull thread taut to anchor stitch.

Lazy Daisy #4
Stitch another lazy daisy stitch next to the first stitch and fill in with as many stitches as desired.

Lazy dDaisy #5
Two completed lazy daisy stitches.