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What are some basic embroidery stitches?

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Some basic embroidery stitches are the back stitch, satin stitch and French knot. Back stitches are often used for outlining. A satin stitch is used to fill in sections. French knots are best for decorations, accents or fill-in texture.

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Embroiderers typically work back stitches from left to right. To make a back stitch, bring the needle up through the fabric, then put the needle down into the fabric a short distance straight behind the first hole. Continue the back stitch by bringing the needle up through the fabric a short distance straight in front of the first hole. Put the needle down into the fabric through the first hole. Continue embroidering using this overlap method.

For a satin stitch, bring the needle up through the first hole, then put the needle down into the fabric a short distance straight behind the first hole. Next, bring the needle up through the fabric next to the first hole. Put the needle down into the fabric right next to the second hole. Repeat the parallel lines until the area is filled in completely.

To stitch a French knot, bring the needle up through the fabric. While holding the embroidery thread tight, wrap it twice around the needle near the point. Pull the wrapped thread tight. Continue to hold the thread tight and pull the needle down through the fabric very close to the first hole. Finish the knot by slipping the wrapped thread gently off the needle so the knot sits on top of the fabric. To make a larger knot, wrap the thread around the needle a few more times.

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