A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 - A Book Review (2024)

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The A-Z series of books allows embroiderers, from beginners to advanced, to be able to enhance their skills with real-world projects. When you first crack open the book, you’ll find that it’s a comprehensive guide that contains everything an embroiderer needs to know about, including:

  • Materials. Learn how to pick the right materials for your project. This helps you avoid unnecessary material purchases and get through your next project faster with less waste.
  • Stitches. A comprehensive list of stitches, including dozens needed for projects of all levels.

If you prefer to embroider by hand this book is for you. You’ll also learn a lot of other techniques to master embroidery, from beginning and ending a thread to how to paint thread and using hoops.

This is just the beginning of why so many people recommend Embroidery Stitches.

Keep in mind that there’s also Embroidery Stitches 2 available, so if you like this one, you can always go a step further and get the second book in the series.

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Sections That are Easily Digestible

Embroidery Stitches is easy to read, and this may be one of the book’s key selling points. It’s not a bland book that you have to drag your feet through. When you open the page, you’ll come to the basics that we mentioned earlier: fabric, beginning and ending thread, needles and transferring designs.

Once you read these five quick pages, you’ll move right into the nitty gritty of stitches, and this will include 142 pages of great information.

You’ll start off with the Algerian eye stitch, and you’ll make your way through the following stitches:

  • Algerian
  • Arrowhead
  • Back
  • Blanket
  • Braid
  • Bullion
  • Buttonhole
  • Cast-on
  • Chain
  • Chinese
  • Colonial
  • Concertina rose
  • Coral
  • Couching
  • Cretan
  • Cross
  • Crow’s feet
  • Detached wheatear
  • Drizzle
  • Ermine filling
  • Feather
  • Loop and short
  • Loop
  • Net
  • Outline
  • Oyster
  • Palestrina
  • Pin
  • Pistil
  • Plume
  • Raised cup
  • Rhodes
  • Ribbon
  • Running
  • Satin
  • Scroll
  • Seed
  • Sheaf filling
  • Shisha
  • Split
  • Split back
  • Star
  • Stem
  • Straight overcast
  • Tete de boeuf
  • Thorn
  • Wheatear
  • Whipped
  • Woven filling
  • Zigzag

Almost all embroidery stitches are covered, and there are other techniques that you’ll learn throughout the sections to make sense of everything. It’s a great way to start learning the basics of stitches.

Step-by-Step Guides

Flipping to the split stitch, I am able to learn about when the stitch can be used. You’ll also find a lot of information about the history of the stitch, such as this stitch being used extensively in the Middle Ages.

There’s a lot of great information, but it’s kept to a minimum so that we can jump right into the six steps of the stitch.

You’ll be able to:

  • Read your way through each step
  • Look at the visual pictures to follow each step

I am a visual person myself, but having both the text and images guide me through the stitch is very helpful.

The step-by-step guides are really the “meat” of the book.

You’ll be able to follow along as you learn about each stitch and how to properly perform each one.

What I and others have found is that the book goes over the initial foundation too quickly. You’ll find that a lot of the essentials are covered, but they’re not covered thoroughly enough for the true beginner.

I recommend starting with another foundation book first.

That isn’t to say that the meat of this book is bad – it’s actually superb for learning stitches. The diagrams are small, so keep this in mind. For most stitches, the smaller picture will suffice and not be much of an issue.

But what about those stitches that are traditionally difficult to perform?

The Algerian Eye Stitch, for example, requires precision, and with the smaller pictures, you’ll need to pay extra attention to the details to get it right.

You can follow the diagrams, steps and pictures to success, so don’t let the small complaint above deter you. Beginners that have no foundation at all or don’t know how difficult one stitch may be over another will need to know that every small detail counts. Those that have been embroidering for a long time will already know that certain stitches are more difficult, so they’ll pay close attention to the pictures.

With that said, it’s still a great book that goes over all of the key stitches succinctly.

I recommend every embroider have a copy of this book on their shelves as a reference guide for the many stitches available in embroidery.

If you’ve ever wanted to try machine embroidery there are quite a few great and inexpensive options available to you. Visit this page to see a list of embroidery machines that we recommend. Go here to see other books we have in our quilting library.

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A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 - A Book Review (2024)


What is a to z of embroidery stitches 2? ›

A-Z of Embroidery Stitches 2 features over 145 embroidery stitches, variations, and combinations, each shown in detail with step-by-step photos of the actual stitch in progress. The book begins with a long index of the stitches included within!

What is the hardest embroidery stitch? ›

Drumroll please...the most difficult stitch in needlework; the raised stem stitch.

What is the explanation of embroidery stitches? ›

In the context of embroidery, an embroidery stitch means one or more stitches that are always executed in the same way, forming a figure. Embroidery stitches are also called stitches for short. An illustration of the buttonhole stitch. Embroidery stitches are the smallest units in embroidery.

What are the first 5 embroidery stitches? ›

The straight stitch, the running stitch, the backstitch, the split stitch, and the stem stitch. They are basic embroidery stitches, and the best ones to learn first as a beginner.

What does 2 strands mean in embroidery? ›

One strand - Perfect for fine embroidery work and for think outlines. Two strands - I stitch most of my projects with two strands because the additional strand gives a little bit more bulk. It's especially useful to have that extra stitch when filling areas it means fewer stitches are needed to fill the area.

What is the oldest embroidery stitch? ›

Chinese thread embroidery dates back to 3500 B.C. where pictures depict embroidery of clothing with silk thread, precious stones and pearls. Examples of surviving Chinese chain stitch embroidery worked in silk thread have also been found and dated to the Warring States period (5th-3rd century BC).

What is the smoothest embroidery stitch? ›

We put the backstitch technique first, because it is the embroidery stitch that we use the most! I dare to say that we use it for every single embroidery design that we create. Why? Because the backstitch is the embroidery stitch that gives you the most neat and smooth lines.

What is the easiest embroidery stitch for outlining? ›

Back stitch is commonly used for outlines and borders but it's also great for embroidering text or filling in small spaces. Begin by bringing the thread up through the fabric one stitch length away from the starting point. Now, go back and bring the needle down at the beginning. Think of it as stitching in reverse.

What is a lazy daisy stitch? ›

The lazy daisy stitch is a series of single, or detached, chain stitches formed around a center point. It is commonly used to create simple embroidery flowers since it has a loopy, petal effect to it. Add a French knot stitch to the middle to complete the flower look!

What type of stitch is most embroidery? ›

Satin Stitch

This is the most common embroidery stitch type and is used in the majority of lettering and design outlines.

What is the best stitch for embroidery names? ›

Back stitch is my favorite stitch to use for lettering because it is simple and relatively quick. By shortening your stitch length you can handle curvy letters very well. Change the number of threads (1 through 6 ply) to change the thickness of your line.

What is triple stitch embroidery? ›

Triple stitch is a row of small three-part stitches, each composed of one stitch going forward, one going backward then one going forward. The stitch length can be changed from 1mm to 12mm.

What is the difference between stitch artist 1 and 2? ›


Easy and intuitive to use, StitchArtist is available in 3 levels to suit your skills and needs. When you're ready to advance simply upgrade between levels! LEVEL 1 | Ideal for first-time embroiderers looking for a fun and easy. LEVEL 2 | Offers more creative tools for advanced design creation.

What does stitching 2 over 1 mean? ›

Once you have grasped simple cross stitching, you may then wonder what people mean when they talk about stitching X over Y. X. So, in simple terms X is the number of strands of your thread (most thread is provided in 6 strands and you will need to separate these). So 1 over, is 1 strand, 2 over is 2 strands etc. Y.

What is the formula for embroidery stitches? ›

Calculating Stitch Count Without Chart:

If the grid is not available, a quick approximation of stitches can be found with this simple equation: Multiply the length by the width then multiply of 2. That will give you the amount of 1,000 stitches. For example: 11/2” x 2” logo would be 1.5 x 2 = 3 then 3 x 2 = 6.

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