Embroidery Tips -

Here are some basic Embroidery Tips that we use all the time here at Flamingo Toes!

These are great beginner stitches – if you are just learning Embroidery they are a great place to start!

Bring your needle up about 1/8″ from the beginning of your line.

That is your “A” point. Pull your thread through. Put your needle back down at “B”, bring it back up at “C”.

For the next stitch, you’ll repeat the process – up at “A”, down at “B”, up at “C”.

When you get to a point, just make your “C” point across the point. This will allow you to have nice pointed lines.

You can find the Backstitch in these Projects:

For the Stem Stitch, the point where your thread comes up is “A”. Insert your needle at “B” and bring it back out at “C”.

The distance between A, B, & C should be the equal.

Keep your loose thread above the stitch, and repeat, following the picture below. Your needle will come out at a point touching the end of the previous stitch.

Continue stitching this way following all lines and curves. If your stitches start to “fall” or don’t lay flat on a curve, do a small stitch around the stem stitch to hold it in place.

You can find the Stem Stitch in these Projects:


Close to the point that the thread comes out of the fabric, hold your needle and wrap the thread around the needle 3 times.

Hold the end of the thread with your thumb, and with your other hand put the needle point back in right next to where you brought it up.

Pull the needle through the wrapped thread, holding lightly to the end until it’s all pulled through. This will form a French Knot!

You can find the French Knot in these Projects:


The Lazy Daisy Stitch looks like a teardrop just a bit, or the petals of a flower.

Bring your thread up at the bottom center of the teardrop shapes. Put your needle back in at that point and bring it partially back through at the top of the teardrop shape. Wrap the tail of the thread loosely around the point of the needle.

With the thread still wrapped around the needle, pull the needle through the fabric. This will make a little loop with the thread coming up inside the loop at the top. Don’t pull too tight or it won’t have a pretty arched shape.

Put the needle back through at the top of the teardrop shape on the outside. This will hold the little loop in place.

You can find the Lazy Daisy Stitch in these Projects



This is super easy and not scary at all. Start by bringing your needle up about 1/4″ below the edge of the fabric piece, or the piece you are sewing on.
In this case, the brown felt.

Sew a little stitch about 1/4″ from the left of this one, putting the needle 1/4″ below the edge of the felt and bringing it out just above the felt. Make sure the needle passes over the loop of thread.

Repeat this last step again to start forming the blanket stitch.

Sew all the way around the piece until you come back to the beginning. For the last stitch, loop it through the first stitch to make the thread lay flat.

You can find the Blanket Stitch in these Projects:

That’s it for now, as we do more embroidery I’ll add more tutorials.
If you have any questions, let me know!


  • Reply July 23, 2012


    This was sent on stumble. Very helpful. Only the coffee is too dark. Wish I could see blanket stitch, brown is just to dark to see stitch. Thank you.

    • July 23, 2012


      Thanks Rochelle! And that’s great feedback! I’ll work on redoing the blanket stitch photos so they are easier to see.

  • Reply September 20, 2012


    Awesome! I love learning new stitches! :D

  • Reply October 30, 2012


    This is just what I need. I bought a very simple black sweater and wanted to embroider on it but didn’t know how nor where to start. Thank you for the clear well done instructions. I agree about the blanket stitch not having enough contrast but that is one thing i know how to do from my quilting:):) Thanks again…

  • Reply August 23, 2013


    I’m in love with hand embbroidery for embellishment on clothes I sew… and I am an absolute beginner, so: thank you so much for sharing: Pinned!!!
    MammaNene@ SergerPepper

  • Reply October 1, 2013

    Rebecca Hamilton

    Just want you to know how much I have enjoyed looking at your work. It is so beautiful. I plan to make the Mason Jar dish towel. Thanks so much for sharing. Love your web site!!! God bless you!!! Rebecca from Loganville, GA

  • Reply February 24, 2014


    Thank you,this was very well done.

  • Reply May 1, 2014

    Sunalini Rana

    You are so talented. Website bookmarked.

  • Reply May 27, 2014


    Thanks so much for these! Do you happen to have a tutorial on how to transfer the pattern onto fabric?

  • Reply May 28, 2014


    Thank you for your tutorials and your lovely embroideries

  • Reply June 1, 2014


    This makes me want to learn embroidery! I’m going to have to give it a shot. The French knots are just adorable as little roses. :)

  • Reply May 14, 2015

    Felice Morin

    These pictures are awesome for illustrating the process! I’ve been trying to teach my neighbor’s kids to embroider for the past few weeks and I think they’re really starting to like it. You can make a lot of cute home designs with some basic embroidery skills. Many of the current sewing machines can embroider complex designs that would be a bit tougher to do by hand. I love your blog, thanks for sharing!

    • May 14, 2015


      Thanks so much Felice! I’m so glad you like the photos! I have plans to have a whole embroidery stitch series this summer so I’ll be adding lots more tutorials to the list! :)

  • Reply March 2, 2016

    Kelly Delaney

    Thanks, Bev! This is so helpful! All of the stitches are easy and simple! Again, thanks!

  • Reply June 10, 2016


    Please more stitches :-)

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