A circle filled with burden stitch worked in two shades of blue crewel wool.

How to stitch: Burden stitch

I think burden stitch is a lovely stitch for filling large or small areas of your embroidery. It creates a good texture and can be stitched in different ways to mix it up and create different effects. I’ve always found…

A line of completed buttonhole stitch in blue crewel wool.

How to stitch: Buttonhole stitch

Buttonhole stitch is a good one to learn as there are all sorts of fun ways you can use it to create different effects in your embroidery. You might also know it as blanket stitch. Given the name, it’s obviously…

A pointy oval shape stitched in fishbone stitch with blue crewel wool.

How to stitch: Fishbone stitch

The name of fishbone stitch always sounds a little funny to me. I like the stitch and I’ve used it in a few designs. I think it’s some weird mental loop I have because I’m vegetarian. As if I automatically…

A square of stitching worked in shaded long and short stitch.

How to stitch: Long and short stitch

I’ve had a couple of requests for this tutorial, so I hope I do it justice! I’m not surprised as long and short stitch is the key stitch used in the silk shading technique. You might also have heard of…

Completed raised stem band rectangle worked in blue crewel wool.

How to stitch: Raised stem band

I think raised stem band is a lovely stitch. It really satisfies my sense of order and neatness! I also like the way it can help me to create some subtle dimension in my stitching. As the name might suggest,…

Long parallel stitches are being secured in place with perpendicular rows of couching.

How to stitch: Laid work

Laid work and couching are very closely linked. I’ve seen laid work described as a type of couching and I’ve also seen couching described as a type of laid work. I’m not sure which way around is technically correct! In…

A curved line of blue threads couched down with purple stitches.

How to stitch: Couching

When thinking about embroidery stitches, I don’t think a couching stitch is one of the first to come to mind. However it opens up a number of different possible effects for your stitching. Plus you can it stitch it relatively…

An oval stitched in satin stitch.

How to stitch: Satin stitch

Satin stitch is often one of the first stitches that you’ll come across when getting into embroidery. Which lulled me into thinking it’s an “easy” stitch. Actually, I found it one of the trickiest stitches to work to the standard…

Image showing a ring of split stitch.

How to stitch: Split stitch

I think split stitch looks like a mini chain stitch. So I thought it would be a good one to follow on from the chain stitch tutorial. Below you can see split stitch on the left, chain stitch (using the…

A line of chain stitch.

How to stitch: Chain stitch

Looking back over some of my first embroideries as a young child, it looks like chain stitch was one of the first stitches I ever learnt. Perhaps that’s why it’s still one of my favourites to stitch! I think chain…