Basic embroidery stitches are the building blocks of all decorative needlework. Some are easier to work than others, but by following the instructions, step-by-step photos and videos you will soon get the hang of them.
You can try out the stitches on scrap material, but why not do what children in past generations did and create your very own sampler? This can then live in your needlework basket where you can check it for ideas when working your future projects. Or you could include the date you completed it and frame it to hang on the wall.
I have grouped the embroidery stitches in the lists below to make it easier to find what you are looking for, but do check out all the links as you might find just what you need in a different section. For example surface embroidery stitches can be included in a cross stitch piece.
Feather stitch - 2 videos
Fly stitch - with video
Satin stitch kloster blocks - for hardanger
If you find a stitch on the site that isn't listed here please let me know and I will direct you to a free blackwork chart to say thank you.