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Beginners Embroidery Stitches

If you’re not familiar with some of the stitches from our recent Project of the Month (Embroider a Rainbow Hoop) I thought I’d create a little how to for all of these simple stitches!

Chain stitch

A brilliant stitch that can be used for making thick lines, curves and even petals for flowers!


To make something a little more 3D couching is a great option. As you use the whole thickness of the embroidery thread and then just one line of thread for the couching – this can be the same or a different colour to make your piece multi coloured!

Running Stitch

One of the easiest by far is a simple running stitch. It’s always best to try and keep each stitch and gap between the stitch consistent. This can be all the same or the gap can be much smaller than the stitch. It’s completely up to you but keeping the gap the same as the next and the stitch the same as the next helps things look neat.

Stem Stitch

This stitch can be great for creating lines curved and straight, and as its name suggests perfect for embroidering flower stems!

Back Stitch

One of the most traditional stitches for embroidery and mending

French Knots

These are perfect for the dot over an i or for creating the tiniest little filled in circle, or the middle of a flower!

And there you have it! I hope the photos are detailed enough to follow. This should now make our recent blog post for How to embroider a Rainbow Hoop even simpler!

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Project of the Month: Embroider a Rainbow Hoop

You will need (For our size project – you can obviously go much bigger if you’d like!)


5” Embroidery Hoop Piece of plain fabric 20cm x 20cm

(we’ve used white but could look great with a sky blue!)

Piece of Felt 20cm x 20cm

X6 Different colours of embroidery thread

Tools and Equipment:

Embroidery needle, sharp scissors, Tailors chalk / erasable pen,

Fabric Scissors

Let’s get Making!

Press your fabric into your hoop – make sure it’s nice and tight a bit like a drum!

Draw on your rainbow *Top Tip!* Find a rainbow shape on your laptop or computer, whack the brightness up and lay your fabric over the screen. Trace the rainbow onto your fabric!

Measure out our thread to 50cm, then split your thread in half so you’re using 3 of the inner threads at a time – makes for easier stitching into fabrics and make your thread last twice as long!

We’re using our colours in this order (from outside to inside) Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple but feel free to mix things up and make it even more colourful! Also using a different stitch for each line of the rainbow, however you could always use the same stitch for each or 

  1. The Red line – chain stitch.
  2. Orange – Couching
  3. Yellow – Running Stitch
  4. Green – Stem Stitch
  5. Blue – Back Stitch
  6. Purple – French Knots

Now to neaten up the edges of your fabric. Keeping your fabric in it’s hoop (You may want to pop it out and then re-stretch it so it’s nice and tight again) cut your fabric into a circle roughly 1 inch larger than your hoop. Grab a needle and thread and do a large running stitch around the edge of the circle (not too close to the edge about 5mm from the edge. When you get back round to the beginning of your running stitch pull your thread and it will gather the fabric to the back of your hoop! Knot in place.

Next grab your felt and cut it into a circle slightly smaller than your hoop – an easy way to do this is to draw around the hoop onto your felt and then cut it inside of the drawn line.

Either Glue or stitch your felt onto the back side of the hoop.

There you have it! Please let us know how you got on with this project and if you share on social media tag us in with #bunyippotm so we can see them!

If you’re unsure of any of the stitches keep an eye out for another blog post coming.

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Project of the Month: Cross stitch Needle Case

We have a lovely new member of staff, Alice who is an amazing sewer and makes the cutest things. She’s going to be making different projects using fat quarters and this month she’s made this adorable needle book. Here’s how to make your own. 


You will need:

Your favourite cross stitch design, Aida Fabric, Embroidery thread, 
Fabric & Felt in 2 Contrasting Colours

Tools and Equipment:

Sewing Machine, Thread, Fabric Scissors, Ruler, Pen / Tailors Chalk,
Iron and Ironing board, Pinking Shears.

Let’s get making…

1. I’ve used a design from Hygge, issue 162 of the Rico Embroidery Series of Books, which are fabulous (come and see them in the shop). The size of the design you choose will define the size of your needle case. The design I went for ended up with a final size of 3.5cm by 6.5cm, which is pretty small so I wouldn’t recommend going any smaller than this but you can go bigger!

2. Sew your lovely design and then draw a rectangle / square around it with a 2cm border. 1cm of this will be the seam allowance (which will continue through all of this project) then the remaining 1cm will act as a border around your design. Cut.

Using your fabric, cut out the same size piece as you’ve just cut, then place on top of each other front sides facing, and pin.

3. With your aida fabric on top, stitch down the right hand side using the holes / lines in the aida fabric to keep your stitching straight.
Open out the seam and press with an iron.

4. Now cut out from your remaining fabric a matching rectangle (double the size of your first piece of fabric), place on top of sewn pieces, front sides together and pin.
Stitch along 3 sides of your fabric. Top, Right and Bottom, leaving a hole in the whole of the left hand side.

5. Snip the corners, turn and press. Next turn in the whole rough edge 1cm, press with an iron and then stitch as close to the edge either by hand or machine.

6. Prep your felt. You want one piece of felt 1/2cm smaller than your aida size, and another 1cm smaller. For example my finished stitching leaves a rectangle of 10cm x 8cm. I’ve cut one rectangle 9cm x 7cm and another 8cm x 6cm.

7. Layer up your felt going in order: Smallest piece of felt on top, then the larger piece of felt, then the rectangle of fabric on the bottom with the section of cross stitch on the outside.

8. Pin in place and flip the whole thing over so you are now looking at your cross stitch design and the other half of fabric. Stitch down the join between your aida and fabric so that the stitches are relatively hidden from the outside.

And you’re done! You should have a little book like needle case with multiple pages to keep you pins and needles nice and safe!

9. Share your amazing needle book on our social media page!