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Have you ever looked at a work of embroidery and wondered how it was done? Let’s take a minute to look at some of the basic stitches. These stitches form the foundation of embroidery, and most of the more complex stitches take these stitches and build on them.

Running stitch: The running stitch is a quick and easy stitch to do, and is great for outlining a design. The running stitch creates what looks like a dotted line.

Back stitch: The back stitch creates a solid line. It can also be used to outline a design, but is the perfect stitch for lettering.

Split stitch: The split stitch is similar to the back stitch, but it has more depth to it, and adds texture. It, too, can be used to outline a design or for lettering, but is also an excellent choice for filling in an area.

Stem stitch: The stem stitch is, no surprise, primarily used to create stems on flowers, or vines. It is also the stitch that curves really well, so if you have any curves in your design, this may be the stitch for you.

Satin stitch: The satin stitch, like the split stitch, is a great filler. Where the split stitch adds texture, however, the satin stitch is smooth. It is most commonly found in hearts or leaves.

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