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Layer Embroidery Stitches
There are lots of different embroidery stitches you can learn, but you can work with a small selection and still create many, many looks.
Layer and combine a few basics (or more advanced stitches!) and you're ready to make all kinds of borders, frames or other decorative elements.
These six combinations can be worked in multiple colors as shown, or try working them all in one color. Suddenly the blended stitches will begin to look more like one complex stitch.
After you try these, check out five... more embroidery stitch combinations.Continue to 2 of 7 below.
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Bitty Bug Border
You can use this stitch combination to create a single bug or a border of them.
Start with a french knot with a tail, then add a detached single chain stitch on each side.
If you are stitching a row of these, work them on a line and try to make each one the same size. You can also scatter them to make a small swarm.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
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Loops and Dots
This larger border stitch has a slightly lacy look to it.
Embroider this in a circle with white and fewer strands to create a "crocheted" lace doily frame design.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
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Work this combination in straight lines or to create a boxed border.
For a fun look, try stitching the straight stitches in multiple colors. Or work another small stitch inside the boxes.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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This stitch combination ends up looking a bit like a climbing floral vine, especially when worked with a green base.
Try working this in a circle, then adding a favorite phrase or quote in the center.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
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Create rows of tiny tulips with this grouping. Fitting the flowers into the chevron is optional, because the tulips are fun on their own too.
Work a row of chevron stitch. Embroider a detached single chain stitch in each angle, with the pointed end facing the point of the chevron. Add two small straight stitches on each side of the "flower."Continue to 7 of 7 below.
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This combination of stitches is best worked on a straight line. You can substitute the stitch for the top and bottom with your favorite line stitch.
There's no limit to the ways you can combine your favorite embroidery stitches. Keep mixing them for new looks!