The Basics of Stitching

“Stitch (textile arts), a single loop of thread or yarn in the textile arts.” -Wikipedia

How to get started stitching?

Over the years I have developed a love for sewing and embroidery. I learn to sew by hand as a child and find the process both relaxing and rewarding. I have had a few people reach out to me wondering how to start stitching.

I have only recently started to dabble in the world of embroidering and cross-stitching. In this process, I have pulled information from a variety of sources and I hope it will make getting started easier.

If this is your first time picking up a needle check out this link to Yesterday’s Thimble. This blog is written by a sewing teacher and it is full of helpful tips and tricks, everything from stringing the thread to a few basic stitches.

What you will need: needle, thread, scissors, embroidery hoop (pink circle), and fabric.


The type of string you use will determine the needle size you need. Ebay has a few tips on how to pick the right thread.

Embroidery Floss: thicker thread and will need a larger needle. This is the best thread for most embroidery tasks. It is six pieces of string loosely bound together, this makes it easier to separate for finer stitches.

Thread: that stuff you may have easily available to you; it can be made from a variety of fabrics, each one having their own texture.


Top: normal size 10 needle Bottom: embroidery needle size 28-22

If you are using thread you can basically use any needle, the smaller the eye (the place you string the thread through) the harder it will be to get your thread in. I would suggest investing in an embroidery needle. These needles are a bit thicker and made primarily for decorative sewing and thick fabrics.

John James has a helpful visual for picking the right needle for your project.

Now you should be all set up and can start stitching. Below I will show you how to create a basic back stitch and lazy daisy. I found these stitches to be extremely useful and a good starting point.

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