Guide to Embroidery

Guide to Embroidery
Guide to Embroidery





Stitch Library

Stitch Directory Free Library

Here is the library of stitches that I have covered and am going to cover in my posts, it includes lessons, tutorials, tips for improving the stitches and samplers. It is a work in the progress though, so excuse the stitches that don't have the links yet - I am yet to write about them.

Also, I'm quite sure there will be additions and changes along the way because the number of stitches and techniques in hand embroidery is just mind-blowing.

Line stitches & their variations:

Line stitches and their variations

Chain stitch family:

Fly + Feather stitches:

  • Feather stitch variations (single feather stitch + with straight edges + with straight center + double feather stitch + chained feather stitch)
  • Maidenhair

Fishbone, Cretan, Herringbone:

  • Flat -braid
  • Flat filler shapes

  • Cretan – braid
  • Cretan filler

  • Leaf stitch

  • Herringbone stitch simple
  • Herringbone close double back
  • Laced herringbone
  • Threaded herringbone
  • Tied herringbone


  • Fern stitch
  • Paris stitch
  • Chevron stitch
  • Double chevron stitch

Braid stitches:

  • Loop stitch
  • Braid stitch
  • Ladder stitch
  • Vandyke
  • Basket stitch

Buttonhole stitch:

Open filling stitches:

  • Arrowhead
  • Bosnia stitch
  • Japanese darning

  • Lattice

  • Lace – detached buttonhole, spaced buttonhole


  • Seed stitch
  • Dot stitch
  • sheaf stitch
  • Wheater detached
  • Upright cross
  • Stars
  • Arrowhead

Solid filling stitches:

Isolated stitches and knots:

Dimensional & woven stitches:

  • Woven wheels (roses)
  • Spider web

Knotted line & band stitches:

  • Zigzag coral stitch
  • Scroll
  • Double knot
  • Knotted pearl
  • Ladder stitch
  • Basque stitch
  • Diamond stitch
  • Mountmellick


  • Couching
  • Overcast (trailing)
  • Bokhara couching
  • Romanian couching


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