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Embroidery 101: How to Sew 5 Basic Embroidery Stitches

Hand embroidery is a traditional embellishment technique that is within the reach of any sewer. Watch to learn how to create the five basic embroidery stitches, chainstitch, fly stitch, blanket stitch, couching stitch, and web stitch.
These five can be combined with each other to create decorative designs.

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In Threads #186, June/July 2016, author India Hayford explores Yemenite Jewish hand embroidery and shows how to combine simple stitches to create complex designs:

“An ethnic embroidery style with 2,000-year-old roots is surprisingly timeless and surprisingly easy to learn. Originally used by Jewish embroiderers in southern Arabia to decorate traditional clothing, headwear, and bridal costumes, the intricate patterns of Yemenite Jewish embroidery adapt beautifully to modern fashion. With threaded needle, a little imagination, and a handful of stitches, today’s hand embroiderers can transform anything from a plain T-shirt to an evening dress into a work of art.”



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