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Basic Embroidery Stitches

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        Instructions:

        1. The first one is the Lazy Daisy stitch. It is a simple, useful stitch.

        I started this baby bootie project, so I thought I'd show how to do simple embroidery stitches. The first one is the Lazy Daisy stitch. It is a simple, useful stitch.

      2. Bring the needle up at (A), loop the thread around, take a small bite of the fabric with the thread passing under the tip of the needle and come up at (B), then go down again at (C).

      Bring the needle up at (A), loop the thread around, take a small bite of the fabric with the thread passing under the tip of the needle and come up at (B), then go down again at (C).

     3. Step 1, down at (A), loop thread and up at (B).

     Step 1, down at (A), loop thread and up at (B).

    4.  Pull the thread gently, not too tight.

     Pull the thread gently, not too tight.

   5. Step 2, back down at (C) close to (B). This stitch is sometimes done in a circle and resembles a daisy, thus the name. It is also often used as leaves.

   Step 2, back down at (C) close to (B). This stitch is sometimes done in a circle and resembles a daisy, thus the name. It is also often used as leaves.

   6. The French Knot is one of my favorite stitches. It is easy to do, but looks impressive.

   The French Knot is one of my favorite stitches. It is easy to do, but looks impressive.

   7. Start by coming up at the center point of where you want the stitch.

    Start by coming up at the center point of where you want the stitch.

   8. Wrap the threat around the needle two times

    Wrap the threat around the needle two times.

   9. Keeping the thread taught, place the needle back through the fabric very near the point at which you started.

   Keeping the thread taught, place the needle back through the fabric very near the point at which you started.

  10. Slowly pull the thread down through the knot.

   Slowly pull the thread down through the knot.

  11. Release the tension and pull the thread down tight.

   Release the tension and pull the thread down tight.

   12. A perfect French Knot is tight, nearly round, and not loopy with loose threads.

   A perfect French Knot is tight, nearly round, and not loopy with loose threads.

   13. A satin stitch is simply stitches set close together, usually filling in a shape. Place stitches close together, keeping the thread straight and the entry and exit points inline.

   A satin stitch is simply stitches set close together, usually filling in a shape. Place stitches close together, keeping the thread straight and the entry and exit points inline.

   14. In this case the stitches are forming a circle to be used as an eyelet. Start near the center but leaving a small circle of fabric to be cut out as the hole.

    In this case the stitches are forming a circle to be used as an eyelet. Start near the center but leaving a small circle of fabric to be cut out as the hole.

   15. Take small stitches, going down at (A) and back up at (B) in one step.

    Take small stitches, going down at (A) and back up at (B) in one step.

   16. Keep the stitches close together and angle each one a little further out at the outer margins of the circle. 

    Keep the stitches close together and angle each one a little further out at the outer margins of the circle.

   17. In this case, you should end up with a circle, but satin stitches can be used to make and fill in many shapes.

    In this case, you should end up with a circle, but satin stitches can be used to make and fill in many shapes.

    18. Take a step, passing the thread under the needle.

     Pull the thread snug, but not tight.

    19. Pull the thread snug, but not tight.

     Pull the thread snug, but not tight.

     Done!

     Simple embroidery can add so much to a sewing project.

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