4 Challenging Embroidery Techniques to Try This Summer

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Hello darlings!

Embroidery is a beautiful craft that allows you to create works of art with nothing more than a needle, thread and some cloth. Gorgeous designs can be made with even the simplest of embroidery stitches and techniques, but once you have the basics down, you may be looking for a way to challenge yourself even further.



As summer rolls in, you might find yourself with a little more time to dedicate to your hobbies. Take your embroidery travel kit with you and try to improve the embroidery skills you’ve got with a few new challenges in technique. Check out these four new embroidery techniques to try this summer below. 

1. The Split Stitch 
Many embroiderers learn a few essential stitches when they start embroidering and use them for everything in their creations. Try challenging yourself by learning a new stitch. A great one to start with is the split stitch. This stitch is a variation of the very commonly known backstitch or running stitch and can be used for all kinds of things – lettering, filling in shapes and more. 
To create a split stitch, simply create one straight stitch. Then, bring your needle up through the center of that stitch from the backside of the fabric. Then, bring your needle back down through the fabric, leaving another straight stitch that’s the same length as the first. Repeat until you’ve reached your desired length. This creates a braided effect that can add a lot of interest to your design. 

2. Hand Lettering with the Stem Stitch 
Hand lettering in embroidery can be a beautiful way to capture favorite sayings, quotes, dates and other text in your hoop, but it can be challenging to learn how to stitch the letters in a way that looks just right. An easy way to create the right effect on text is by embroidering your letters in a stem stitch. 
The stem stitch got its name from how it’s most commonly used: to embroider stems on flowers and leaves. The stem stitch is created similarly to the split stitch, but instead of bringing your needle through the direct center of your initial straight stitch, you make your second stitch right beside your first stitch. The end result is a beautiful, twisted rope effect that can easily curve around the shapes of letters. 

3. Create Freestanding Lace 
If you have an embroidery machine, or a sewing machine with an embroidery function, take some time to figure out all the different ways this tool can allow you to be creative. If you’re interested in finding an embroidery machine, check out embroiderywithstyle.com.

One of the most incredible functions on an embroidery machine is the ability to create freestanding lace patterns. Every machine has its own process, but the overall steps to creating freestanding lace are choosing your thread and fabric, creating a lace pattern or finding one online, loading the pattern into the machine and allowing it to go to work. 

You’re left with a beautiful applique that you can use on anything, from pillows to clothing and everything in between. 

4. Embroider a New Fabric 
Once you become familiarized with embroidery, it can be easy to fall into a rut about what you want to create. Take this summer to really experiment with different materials and fabrics to place your embroidered creations on. For example, if you often find yourself framing the pieces you create, try embroidering clothing, or hats or pillowcases. Remember, this may require thicker or thinner threads, bigger or smaller needles and some patience until you discover what looks best. You may even end up with some new favorite creations!


Once we get the basics down in any hobby or skillset, we may feel like experts. However, by challenging yourself with new and interesting techniques, you’re not only growing as an embroiderer, but also as a creative artist overall. Don’t be afraid to push yourself this summer with different and exciting projects like the four we listed above!

Lots of love


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26 comments

  1. I am new to the embroidery scene so these are a bit advanced for me. I'd love to learn more complicated stitches though!

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  2. This is great and they all look beautiful, they do look complicated to me and I bet it would take me a long time to really learn how to.

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  3. Wow, that looks so intricate and beautiful. The end result looks so gorgeous thanks for sharing your tips

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  4. I tried cross stick only once and I love it. I never bought any more supplies from then, but I think this is just the push I need it. I just love how the Split Stitch and the last image looks.

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  5. So pretty! I cannot cross stitch, but I always admire it when other people can. My MIL can create some brilliant things!

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  6. These are so beautiful! I'd love to have such talent!

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  7. Wow they are so good especially the free standing lace

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  8. These all look so beautiful! I can imagine them making a beautiful pillow front!
    xoxo
    Annie

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  9. These look so pretty, I love the designs. I'm not sure I'd have the patience to do them myself or the time come to think about it.

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  10. Beautiful pillows. I just learnt how to make throw cushions and pillows, but not embroidered. I will try these sometime.

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  11. These are awesome! I am not good at embroidery but I think it's worth a try.

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  12. I love this post! I suck at embroidery LOL but my grandmother was AMAZING and so talented at it. Great post babe x

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  13. my mom loves embroidery.i cant wait to show this to her!

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  14. This looks so complicated to replicate. The pictures however look awesome. My grandma, however is always trying to get me into embroidery. I will show her this.

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  15. Gonna recommend my mom this blog for sure. She will love it. Thanks :)

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  16. You are so talented. I remember, as an adult, finding some embroidered pieces in my moms room. She did them, at least she started and never finished. The thing is that none of us (kids) knew she even had this beautiful talent. She had left it a long time ago.

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  17. Oh the little dreamer one is just beautiful! I love that! I used to do a lot of embroidery!

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  18. These pieces are so beautiful and would make such lovely gifts! My mom does needlepoint and can do split sticthing. I feel like I need to step up my game.

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  19. Those are all awesome stitches that would be nice to learn if you have the time this summer. I think you can make a lot of things once you master these!

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  20. I don't think I could take this up, but I am impressed by what you do here. My was into embroidery. And it is impressive and beautiful.

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  21. Wow I didn't know that an embroidery machine could make freestanding lace, that's just beautiful!

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  22. You are so talented! I’ve always admired people who can sew and embroider...the beauty that comes from your hands is truly inspiring!

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  23. This is a great post. Teaching kids to read and enjoy books is always a great idea. I enjoyed reading this. Good tips and s good way to keep kids engaged.

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  24. I think embroidery is very therapeutic, I used to do it when I was younger and it is so cool to see how much the styles have changed since the 80sand 90s!

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  25. What a wonderful post! Summer isn't as hectic for me since my kids arnet in school and are usually at their friends house, sometimes I get bored. This will help! I'd like to try the "Freestanding Lace." Thanks for sharing! :)

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  26. I would love to be able to embroider well. Such pretty looks!

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