How To Embroider Letters: The 3 Best Stitches

How to embroider letters? There are 3 simple embroidery stitches that I have found to be best for doing lettering and they’re all beginner friendly!

Which one you prefer to use is completely up to you and your preference on the finished result.

Below are the detailed instructions and close ups to show the finished result for each of these embroidery stitches. But you can also download a free PDF pattern to use for practice (plus a guide on how to transfer and start to stitch).

A QUICK TIP:

I find that each letter will turn out smoother the smaller the stitches are to each other, especially when you go around the corners! Depending on the size of the lettering, it tends to work best to keep the stitches only millimetres long.

Here we go!

Back Stitch

This is one of the easiest embroidery stitches to learn as a beginner!

  1. Bring the needle up through the fabric at the starting
    point.
  2. Then bring the needle back down a few millimetres
    along your line.
  3. Pull the thread so it sits snug to the fabric (but not too
    tight otherwise your fabric will pucker).
  4. Bring the needle back up again along the line about
    the same length as your first stitch.
  5. This time when you bring the needle back down
    through the fabric, poke it through the hole at the end
    of your first stitch.

Split Stitch

This is very similar to the back stitch, except the stitches overlap instead.

  1. Bring the needle up through the fabric at the starting
    point.
  2. Then bring the needle back down a few millimetres
    along your line.
  3. Come back up through the fabric about half a length
    away from the first stitch.
  4. Complete the stitch by pushing the needle back down halfway into your first stitch splitting the threads.
  5. Repeat this process until the letter is complete.

Stem Stitch

This is very similar to the split stitch, but the thread is wrapped around itself like rope instead of being split.

  1. Bring the needle up through the fabric at the starting point.
  2. Then bring the needle down a few millimetres along your
    line. BUT before you’ve pulled the thread all the way through, bring the needle back up in the middle of the stitch you’re making.
  3. Pull the thread through but be careful to keep the loop of
    thread above the needle. You can see in the 4th photo that
    the stitch lays on top of where the thread is now coming out of.
  4. Go back down into the fabric half a stitch after the previous stitch, before you pull the thread through, bring the needle back up in the middle of the stitch. Repeat these steps until the letter is complete.

And that’s how to embroider letters. You can do so much with these 3 beginner embroidery stitches at your disposal! And if you want to practice these stitches, I’ve made a free ‘Home Sweet Home’ embroidery pattern with not only the instructions for all 3 stitches, but also tutorials on what tools you need, how to transfer onto fabric, and a starting to stitch guide!

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