By far one of the two best stitches are stem and satin stitch. Stem stitch is used (as you might have guessed) for flower stems as well as a lot of other things. Satin stitch is used to fill in large blocks of colour in just about any sort of piece you can think of.


This stitch is key to any floral embroidery piece. It is very similar to back stitch but is slightly more dainty.

00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20180824162532431_COVERAll you will need is a needle, thread and some fabric. I’m using heavy cotton fabric, this thread and these needles. Before I start all the stitches, I separate my thread as shown in the picture.

00100dPORTRAIT_00100_BURST20180824162719208_COVER1 – Start off by knotting your thread and pulling it through the needle. Make one normal stitch in your fabric.

IMG_20180824_1633162 – Next, bring your needle through the back of the fabric about one stitch away from the ending of your last stitch.

IMG_20180824_1628363 – Bring your needle down through the centre of your first stitch.

00100dportrait_00100_burst20180824162901001_cover.jpg4 – Bring your needle back through the fabric again about one stitch away from the ending of the last.

img_20180824_163215.jpg5 – Bring your needle down through the centre of your second stitch.

6 – And there you have it, keep going and you will have a lovely line of stem stitches!


When I first started embroidery, I found this stitch the hardest. Practice definitely makes perfect with this one, you have to ensure an even tension of the thread in order to make the block of thread as smooth and even as possible.

img_20180824_164815.jpg1 – Start by stitching an outline of the shape you want to fill in with colour.

img_20180824_164746.jpg2 – Bring your needle up through the fabric at the edge of the shape.

IMG_20180824_1648013 –  Make one big stitch from one edge to the other, making sure that the beginning and end of the stitch is parallel.

IMG_20180824_1648154 – Bring your needle back up through the fabric immediately next to the start of the last stitch.

img_20180824_165230.jpg5 – Take your needle back through the fabric immediately next to the end of the last stitch.

6 – Keep repeating this until you have filled the whole shape. It may take a while depending on how large the area is!

Thanks for reading and good-luck with all your embroidery endeavours!

Lorna x





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