Hand Embroidery for Everyone!

Welcome to the world of needlework and embroidery, where creativity meets relaxation and self-expression.

On this site, you'll learn the essential tools, tips and techniques that will help you learn how to do hand embroidery.

Getting Started: Essential Tools and Basics

Begin by familiarising yourself with the necessary equipment and materials, such as embroidery threads, hoops, needles, fabrics, and other supplies. The comprehensive needlework equipment section covers everything you need to know.

Next, explore the stitch index, featuring detailed instructions, step-by-step photographs and solutions for the common issues you might come across. This will help you build a strong foundation and set you up for success.

If you have questions about any aspect of hand embroidery you can ask them on the forum page

Learning and Growing: Tutorials, Videos, and Projects

As you progress, take advantage of the free tutorials, instructional videos and paid patterns to learn and hone your new embroidery skills. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll improve and gain confidence in your abilities!

Then you can move on to more complex techniques, advanced stitches, and challenging projects. Don't be afraid to experiment and try out different needlework styles – you may find that certain techniques resonate with you more than others.

Where is the design?

cross stitch kit

There are two main methods of embroidery.

These are using a pre-printed outline or a counted thread pattern. Your choice depends on personal preference and the specific project requirements. Both methods of stitching have advantages and will ensure you create beautiful, precise embroidery.

Pre-Printed Outlines

photograph of stem stitch embroidered flowers

If you purchase an embroidery kit or pattern with a pre-printed outline on the fabric, you can simply stitch over the lines or fill in the spaces between them.

These outlines are actual size, so you can easily see how the design will fit and ensure proper proportions.

Many pre-printed patterns come with stitch recommendations, taking the guesswork out of the process.

But what if you're feeling creative? Go for it! Use your favourite stitches to bring the design to life. And don't worry if you're not an artist; you can always trace the outlines I will provide and transfer them to the fabric.

Needlework techniques that are worked in this manner include: 

Counted Thread Charts

free cross stitch patterns elephants

Alternatively, you can follow a counted thread pattern, which uses a chart with symbols representing each stitch. The chart shows the fabric's thread lines, with the center marked ready for you to start stitching.

Stitching over a set number of fabric threads can help achieve more evenly sized stitches, but good tension and careful counting are also important.

To create a smaller overall design using the counted thread method, you can choose a more closely woven fabric with a higher thread count (more threads per inch). This way, you can fit more stitches into the same physical area, giving you more design flexibility. This confuses many beginners so you can use my free cross stitch calculator to do the sums for you. 

Techniques using this method include the following:

You'll also find out more about these below. 

Explore embroidery techniques

I've got some great techniques to share! Ready to explore?

Click through and see what awaits you. There's so much goodness in store!

Blackwork is truly one-of-a-kind, isn't it?

The bold contrast of black thread on a light background creates these intricate, mesmerizing geometric patterns. It may look complex, but I'm here to break it down step-by-step.

You're going to learn how to craft stunning fill patterns, intricate outlines, and even experiment with shading and texture.

Sound exciting? I thought so!

And the best part?

You can access unique downloadable patterns to get your creative juices flowing.

One of the best things about cross stitch? No drawing skills needed!

The pattern is your guide - just follow the symbols and colours, and watch your masterpiece come to life, stitch by stitch.

Ready to get started? Check out my downloadable cross stitch patterns!

Hardanger is incredible!

This technique lets you craft jaw-dropping designs using satin stitches, cutwork, and needle weaving.

The end result? A masterpiece that will make heads turn!

Want to give it a try?

Check out my free Hardanger course.

I've also got a selection of downloadable patterns - perfect for your next project.

Seeking durability and beauty?

Needlepoint has you covered. Pick a painted canvas or experiment with tantalising textures - the choice is yours.

Our Textures To Dye For collection offers a range of downloadable charts, ready to spark your creativity.

What are you waiting for? Immerse yourself in the joy of needlepoint today!

Hen stitched in Redwork embroidery


Intimidated by intricate patterns?

Redwork embroidery, with its use of a single color, is perfect for beginners.

The simplicity of Redwork allows you to focus on mastering the basic stitches without the stress of color combinations or complex designs.

Redwork is an approachable way to start stitching and watch your embroidery skills blossom with each project.

Forget rigid perfection - crazy quilting celebrates the quirky! Embrace the irregularity and let your creativity soar.

The real magic of crazy quilting lies in variety. Each seam and patch tells a story, reflecting your unique personality and style.

These one-of-a-kind creations are true works of art. So jump in, get a little crazy, and make something beautifully unique!

Raise your embroidery skills with stumpwork!

This amazing technique lets you bring your designs to life by adding raised elements using wire, padding, and embroidery stitches.

Imagine creating stunning flowers, intricate insects, adorable animals, and even tiny figures that will leave everyone in awe of your talent.

Ready to try it?

Stitch this Easter bunny in a basket - it's the perfect springtime project!

Exquisite pulled thread embroidery creates delicate, lacy white-on-white patterns. The focus is on the tight, taut fabric threads, not the stitches.

Want to try it?

Grab a free sampler packed with pulled work and other mesmerizing whitework techniques.

P.S. Something missing?

Your feedback is invaluable. If anything feels off, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to provide the best possible experience for you.

Embroidery is a personal journey. I want this content to truly resonate, making you feel at home among kindred spirits who share your passion for this beautiful art.

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