Hand Embroidery

Hand embroidery designs and stitches can add dimension and artistry to your fiber art. Mastering simple stitches like the French knot or the buttonhole stitch can put you on the road to incorporating creative embroidery into your quilting and fiber art projects.

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Chain Stitch: Directions and Variations to Try

Do you know how to chain stitch? If you hand embroider, there’s an excellent chance you’ve tried this popular stitch. Constructed to look like loops, chain stitch can embroider everything from bold lines to delicate curleques. Not only is the shape itself easy to manipulate, once you’ve got the technique down, it’s easy to modify…

Embellish small projects like potholders with the chicken scratch embroidery stitch.

Chicken Scratch Embroidery Stitch: A Beginner’s Guide

I’ve always associated the expression “chicken scratch” with handwriting. Specifically, the spiky, sloppy, and near-impossible to read markings of kids still learning the craft of penmanship. With that as my sole reference to the phrase, I was astonished to learn chicken scratch is also the name of an embroidery stitch. I first learned of this…

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How to Embroider (and Stay Organized) on the Road

Is it just me, or is there something about the long summer days that makes it seem like anything is possible? This is my most productive time of the year and I’ve always attributed it to the long and light evenings that are perfect for sewing. Plus, summer vacations are a nice change of pace.…

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How to Hand Sew: The Beaded Back Stitch

Hand stitching is a staple in my book. For many quilters and sewists it is, and has been, in their repertoire for years. If you’re like me, hand sewing is the first sewing technique you learned. While chain stitch and buttonhole stitch along with other embroidery stitches are great ways to embellish fabric, bead embroidery–especially the…

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Hand Embroidery on the Go

Over this past weekend I took a quick trip to California for a family reunion. After spending several hours sitting at the gate, on the plane, and in the car, I was really wishing I had brought some hand sewing to pass the time. Now that school is almost out, for many of us summer…

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Hand Sewing – Free Projects, Downloads, and Instructions

Quilters and embroiderers alike share a common passion for cloth, stitch, and color! For centuries, people around the world have used hand sewing not just to stitch two pieces of fabric together, but to add interest to their projects. Here at Quilting Daily we appreciate all that hand sewing brings to our quilt world, and…

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Episode 1602-1: Lynn Krawczyk–Instructions for Color Dot Embroidery Sampler

***The free download link is below for logged-in users. To access Quilting Daily web extras, bonus patterns, tips, techniques, and more—all absolutely FREE—please register or sign in here. *** Other topics you may enjoy:Episode 1603-1: Catherine Redford–Instructions for Beaded Edge PincushionsEpisode 1603-2: Jane LaFazio–Instructions for Hand-stitched MilagrosEpisode 1611-1: Sue Spargo–Instructions for Wool Appliqué Needle CaseQuiltCon…

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Episode 1611-1: Sue Spargo–Instructions for Wool Appliqué Needle Case

Photo courtesy of Sue Spargo Sue Spargo uses hand appliqué techniques with wool, adding embroidery to make a beautiful needle case.  Available as a free download to members of the Quilting Daily community. Click the “download now” button. Other topics you may enjoy:Episode 1602-1: Lynn Krawczyk–Instructions for Color Dot Embroidery SamplerEpisode 1601-1: Pat Pauly–Instructions for…

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Handmade Gift Ideas for Mothers and Others

Mother's Day is just a few weeks away. If your mom sews, quilts, or just likes to receive quilted gifts from you (of course she does!), then you will love these free patterns, downloads, and projects to make easy handmade gifts. Susan Brubaker Knapp took years to embroider this jacket, but you could decorate just…

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Basic Quilting Abbreviations: From ATC to WOF

If I told you to go to your LQS to get some PFD so you could finish your ATC you HSY, would you know what I was talking about? Quilters use many abbreviations to communicate basic quilting terms. Some are practical: you don’t want to have to write (or repeat) “half-square triangles” over and over…