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Introduction to Hand Embroidery

teacher avatar Melanthi Vasiliadis, Hand Embroidery Artist

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Lessons in This Class

19 Lessons (32m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Basics and Benefits of Embroidery

    • 3. Tools, Materials, and Setting Up Your Hoop

    • 4. Class Project

    • 5. Straight Stitch

    • 6. Back Stitch

    • 7. Whipped Back Stitch

    • 8. Split Stitch

    • 9. Separating Thread Strands

    • 10. French Knots

    • 11. Stem Stitch

    • 12. Satin Stitch

    • 13. Thread Blending

    • 14. Lazy Daisy

    • 15. Bead Work

    • 16. Let's Review!

    • 17. Thread Knot Tying

    • 18. Creative Tips

    • 19. To Wrap It Up

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About This Class

Hello, I'm Mel, hand embroidery artist at Marigold Needleworks! In this class we will be going through the basics and fundamentals of hand embroidery and help you create your own project which I like to refer to as a “hoop”. If you're interested in seeing any of my hand embroidery creations you can check them out over on Instagram @marigoldneedleworks. 

I will be showing you the materials I typically use, giving you some tips I've picked up along the way, and teaching you TEN different stitching techniques. This comprehensive group of stitches will provide you with nearly every skill you will need to complete anything from simple to complex pieces. This class is great for beginners, but also helpful for those who are more familiar with needlework and want to brush up on their skills. In the different segments of this class I will be going over the materials I typically use, setting up your hoop, different stitches you can try, and lastly walking you through the stitches you will be learning.

The photo below shows you the ten stitching techniques I will be showing you in this course. They Include: Straight stitch, Back stitch, Whipped Back stitch, Split stitch, French knots, Stem stitch, Satin stitch, blending thread, and beadwork. These ten stitches are all you will need to complete our class project!


For our class project, I will be including a copy of our hoop design that you can print and download to trace onto your fabric. The hoop for this project includes a botanical setting that features lavender, strawberry and strawberry blossoms, mushrooms, ferns, and a quartz crystal.


If you have always wanted to learn hand embroidery but didn't know where to start or, alternatively, if you just want to brush up on your skills- this is the right class for you. Enjoy learning ! :o)

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1. Introduction: Hey there, My name is mild, and I'm here to teach you the basics Essentials in ins and outs of hand embroidery. I'll also be letting around some creative chips that I picked up along the way. While there's many different kinds of embroideries such as machine can tan in prostitution , I'll be focusing today on hand embroidery. I was first introduced to him embroidery by both of my grandmothers, who, even to this day in their eighties are still Aban stitches. As a child, I always remember seeing but wonderfully detailed stitch pieces that they would hang around their homes. I remember how each stitch was precisely planned, delicately placed. I took up selling when I was younger, but mostly just mending clothing and nearly every pair of socks in my dad owned. But it wasn't until a few years ago that I actually gave him embroidery go using intuition and the Internet. As my guys, I learned a few stitches, gathered some simple materials and blindly gave it a go. My first, who started out as a few random shapes, did Sean to some simple linen, but it was so fun and intuitive, but I ended up finishing it in a short time and giving it to my sister as a wedding gift. Hand embroidery has immersed me into the room of fiber arts, which includes basically anything that involves fabrics, yarns, string or other synthetic and natural materials. My other interests within the world of fiber arts include Lou, even which this year is a loom and you use a needle toe. We've different types of fabric and yarn into it. My other interests include the use of the Canton Needle, which is very similar to regular in embroidery, except it involves more looping and pulling. If you're interested in seeing a class on any of these topics, feel free to leave a comment below and I'll try to get to it. My goal for this course is to teach you a timeless sybers craft that you could enjoy and if you desire, share with others. The topics in this class will include the benefits and basics of can embroidery, the tools and materials urination, this class, how to set up your hoop, the class project will be doing and tender messaging techniques. These techniques will includes Basij back stitch, whipped backstage slip stitch, French nonce stem stitch, satin stitch, thread blending and bead work. I'll be showing you your class project. I'll also be giving you some creative tips along the way that I think might help you feel more confident in your CJ. Enjoy. And thanks for watching. 2. Basics and Benefits of Embroidery : so among all other things. One of the reasons I like doing embroidery is because it does have mental benefits such as improving brain functioning, relieving stress and enhancing creativity. The techniques and processes involved in embroidery, such as threading a needle and following his syriza patterns, requires position, logic and memorization of how to do those certain stitches. This and I'm positive benefits for mental development Embroidery could be a stress relieving activity because this one that requires your attention in the present moment for many that they can be hectic, busy and stressful. And the rhythmic, repetitive motions of embroidery can help calm the mind while also increasing both dopamine and serotonin. You're also training the creative centers of your brain as you Stijn practice these techniques. 3. Tools, Materials, and Setting Up Your Hoop: for our materials. We have a hoop which is actually to who sandwiched together the fully round who goes under the fabric and the one what this crew was the jam that holds it all together. Ah, small Paris scissors to snip any small threat areas or any threats that are hanging threat of all different colors. Needles. Typically, it's good to have a variety of thickness for different project elements. A fabric marker that's water soluble. I found this one online pretty much any fabric you have will do for this project. Prepare your fabric for your hoop. Lay it out flat. He's a street edge. To draw out the section that you want to use. - Find some good scissors to cut out that shape. - The materials are like to use for tracing are obviously more fabric. The image I want to trace a clear surface. I like to use a baking dish, the tracing marker and delight. And typically I just use my phone flashlight because it conveniently fits under the tracing area. The next thing I'm gonna do is place that light that I have under the glass service, like so and then you just gonna put your image on top of their and your fabric on top of whatever you want to trace. And then from there you're just gonna be using your water soluble marker and trace over that image. So if you don't have a water soluble marker, don't have the means to get one. It is possible to just use pencil to trace whatever your want to put onto your fabric, and it will just wash off with dish soap. After you've completed your project, you actually set up your hoop. Pleased to fully around hoop under the fabric and the other one on top. You want to take in your just a little bit and pulled the fabric in a clockwise motion around the hoop. Do this on a flat surface to ensure even tightness. Hey, in this through a little more and continue with that tight end and pull method for a second time. Continue until using drum on your fabric 4. Class Project: next up. I want to show you where Class project Which is that done? This floral piece where we have some lavender from strawberry Since strawberry blossoms, we have some burns. Some mushrooms have a court crystal and some stars. And through this class, I want to give you creative freedom in the sense that you can either create the project that I have for you here. Or you can come up with your own design of your own choosing. And otherwise you can take some of the stitches that I've shown you and create a free hand piece of just a combination of the stitches. Mostly, I just want to see something that you really enjoyed making and something that you put your heart into. Make sure to post your progress and finish speaks to the gallery so that we can all see you work 5. Straight Stitch: So our first. It was very simple. This is called a straight stitch, also known as a running stitch. You're gonna start with your noodle on the backside, your hoop. Bring Udal through the fabric and pull it back through to the back side of your hope. Now you want to leave a space about the same size as the first stitch and start on that second stitch. Traditionally, you want to keep your stitches to be all about the same size, but with all embroideries to just feel free to switch it up. However you like. So throughout the class you'll be learning how to do all the sitch is used to create our class project, - and there you have it straight stitch. 6. Back Stitch: the second stitch, we have his back stitch. You want to start with your noodle on the backside here, Hoop as you'll see most of her stitches. Start here, Bring your noodle over one stitch and leave a space about the size of that first that you made. Bring the needle through and place it into the second hole of that first, such that you made. So your next ege on the last hole that you made and make your next stitch continue with the pattern as shown. 7. Whipped Back Stitch: congratulations. If you could do back stitch, you're halfway to knowing how to do lip back stitch. So you want to start out by making a line of back stitch. You're going to be adding this purple thread into the yellow. All you have to do is weave the thread through that line of the stitches that you made. You want to start with your needle on the first hole of that first dish that you made in that back stitch for needle under the thread without poking a needle through the fabric. It's important to make sure that what you're doing, your stitches, they're all going in the same direction because you're finishing your stitch poking a needle into that very last bit of that back stitch. You know, just pull that thread all the way through. You want to make sure that you're not pulling long, throw too quickly because in kind get tangled pretty easily. Do you want to make sure that you're pulling slowly, and that's our whipped back stitch 8. Split Stitch: up next, a split stitch. We're going to start by bringing a needle through and bring it over one stitch. The next up is to bring the needle back through and through the middle of that first itch that you made, you're splitting it. Hence the name split stitch. It's a simple is that, and with Slip stitch, it's important to make sure all your stitches are a little closer together because it can help show the effect of this ditch more. 9. Separating Thread Strands : No, I had a separate. A strand is handy for when you don't want to use a full six trend thread for your project. You want to start out by feathering the end of those thread pieces and slowly pull one or two out while you're holding the other ones firmly. Now you want to only try to pull one or two at a time because they can get tangled people more than that. 10. French Knots: so to start off this clip, I want to show you guys how I tied the knot to the end of my thread. You want to start off making just a regular? Not as if you're just trying something on the under your thread. But you wanna pull that a little bit of that tail end into it so that it makes a little loop. Just pull that tight. Now, what this will do is make sure that when you're sewing that your thought it's not gonna be pulled through the back here who will be a little resistance there blocking it from coming through. So the stitch that I'm going to show you is a variation of the different knots you can do with embroidery. This is a French. Not so you want to start by bringing the needle through and wrapping your threat around the Neil. And the key here is to pull your throat nice and tight so that you make a tight knot rather than a floppy one. Now that you have that thread pulled nice and tight, we'll get back into the fabric and pull that for all the way through. Poke it through. Is close to the original hole is possible without putting it in that same hole. You want to pull your needle all the way through until you're not. It's nice and tight and firm. You don't want to put your needle back into the original hole that you may, because they're not. We'll just pull right through. The trick here is to use a thinner needle if you have one, unless strands of thread, because knots could get tangled pretty easily. You may notice that the more times you wrap your threat around your needle, and the more throw that you use, the big your knots will be. 11. Stem Stitch: This is one of my favorite stitches. Stem stitch. Start by bringing it'll through the fabric and make your first stitch. But before you pull your throat tight, bringing it'll back through the middle of that first ege that you made. And while doing stem stitch, you want to make sure that all your stitches air going in the same direction. This one is similar to split stitch, that last one that we just learned. But instead of bringing through the thread, you're lifting the threat to the side and bringing through that space that you made. 12. Satin Stitch: next up this satin stitch her satin. I start out by making stripes in the pattern that I'm trying to make, because rather than trying to just fill in a shape like a madman, I do this so that when I go to fill in the shape, they're just little tiny spaces that I have to fill in. And this makes for a nice, smoother section. I like this method because when you try to just fill in the shape it can be messy. The strings could overlap, So this is a good way to make sure that your section of material is nice and flat. Fill in your shape until you have a thickness and smoothness that you desire. And if you find that you have gaps anywhere, just keep adding threat until you're happy with it. - After I finished feeling in my shape, I like to run my finger over the top of the thread to blend. That's friends together, and there you have it. Satin stitch 13. Thread Blending: Now that you know how to do satin stitch, I want to show you how to blend throat into another color. So you want to do that same stitch that you just learned satin stitch and fill in a section , mix stripes into the remaining shape and start to fill them in. The trick here is to vary the entry points of your stitches so that you want creating a stiff line. Stitch it up until you feel happy with. 14. Lazy Daisy: up. Next we have the lazy daisy. They call it Lazy Daisy Stitch, because it's one of the easiest ways to make flower petals. You want to bring your noodle through and bring it back in a tiny space over from that first hole that you made. Now that you have that first loop, you want to pull your threat a little bit. Okay, you know, back through the fabric at about the length you want your Luke to be, pull your throat all the way through and secure it by poking you needle right onto the other side of that loop that you made. After that, they are free to use your needle to separate those strands to expose the space in the middle. Similar later French knots. You don't want to poke it back into that same hole because it will just pull through. Continue making loops to make a flower shape. Alternatively, use this stitch for leaves or wherever else you need to make loops in your work. Take it a step further by adding French knots to the middle of it. 15. Bead Work: even though there aren't any beads in our class project. I wanted to show you how to add them to your work because they aren't just a fun thing that you can add to whatever you're making. You want to start up by putting the thread into the fabric and then thread your bead. Hold the string on the back side of your hoop, measured the bead to see where you should insert the needle into the fabric. You want your beat, dally, but be tight. And rather than wiggle around last year, you want to tell your threat on the back and secure your bead. And there you go. These are one of the many embellishments you can add to your hopes. 16. Let's Review!: Let's review what we've learned. We have straight stitch back stitch whipped back stitch, split stitch, French knots, stem stitch, lazy daisy satin stitch beadwork in threat blending. 17. Thread Knot Tying: Another thing I want to show you is how I secure the throat on the back of my hope. I want to do this by splitting your threat in half, depending on whether or not you have more than one strand and whatever you're working on, just trying out that's not too tight. So you're not pulling on whatever you're working on. And if you do only have one strand, you could just high it into or not. There are ways to leave your throat into whatever you're working on to secure it, but I find it easier and more efficient to just tie knots into whatever I'm working on. You're free to cut off any excess threat that's hanging. 18. Creative Tips: so something that I thought would be helpful in this class is if I were to give you guys and creative tips to help you out along the way, the first thing I want to talk about are things that you should be mindful of while you're stitching. You want to make sure you take your time while you're doing this activity, because practice does make perfect. And if you aren't enjoying what you're doing or maybe you're feeling frustrated or you're not enjoying the peace that you're working on, don't be afraid to take a break or work on something else, because if you're not enjoying what you're doing, it's likely that your stitches are gonna come out of the way you want them. Teoh. A second thing that's really important and embroidery is that you want to make sure that you're stretching both your hands and your wrists about every time to 15 minutes. Because unfortunately, I have seen artists that have developed issues in their hands and their risk and the range of mobility because they haven't stretched and you are doing an activity where your hands are kind of being kept close to your hope. You're not really using a large flex and range of motion. And while you're doing this, so it is important that you are avoiding stiffness in both your hands and your wrists. Something that's kind of cool about embroidery is that even if you just learn a few stitches, it can take you a long way. When I first started sitting, I only knew maybe three or four different stitching techniques, but I was able to create pretty much anything that I could put my mind to because these cities are so adaptable and you can use them in many different ways. The last thing that I wanted you guys and tip about is the fact that you could embroider on pretty much anything like you can embroider on clothing furniture. I've seen people embroider in tow. Would you can embroider onto? I've seen tennis rackets literally. If you think you can put string into it and embroider it, give it a go. I want to see you. What you come up with 19. To Wrap It Up: to wrap it up. I just wanted to go over what we learned in the class. We went over the basics and benefits of hand embroidery. We learned the tools of materials needed to do this project. Ah showed a work class project. Told you a little bit about that. We went over 10 different stitching techniques, which included straight stitch back stitch, whipped backstage, Lazy Daisy, split stitch, French knots, Step message, satin stitch friend blending with satin stitch and beadwork. I also showed you some creative tips along the way that I think would help you out with your stitching. These include things that I wish that I knew what I first started out hand embroidery in. The last thing I wanted to discuss is why I personally wanted to create this class. I feel not. Embroidery is such a wonderful, diverse, delicate art form that's been so prevalent throughout history, but I think more people should learn how to do. I think embroidery could be so easily overlooked because people see it, and they think maybe it's difficult or time consuming, but it once you learn a few stitches, it really is something that could be enjoyable and easy to dio. Thanks for watching, and I hope you enjoy stitching