If you're starting to learn how to do embroidery our simple stitches guide is perfect for you - featuring running stitch, whipstitch and French knots

Rabbit embroideryWhen you’re first starting out learning embroidery, all those stitches can seem intimidating. Most stitches really are simple, and achievable for anybody with just a little bit of application.

If you’ve never done any sewing or embroidery before then we would recommend starting with running stitch. Once you’ve mastered this you’ll feel more confident to try the other simple stitches in this series.

Embroidery: How to do running stitch

The simplest stitch there is, but it never loses its charm.

Running stitch

Bring the needle up at A, down at B and up at C. Repeat, bringing the needle up and back down through the fabric several times along the stitching line. Try to space the stitches evenly and make them all the same length.

Embroidery: How to do whipstitch

This quick-to-work stitch is used to join fabrics right sides together and to close gaps in seams.

Whipstitch
Hold the fabrics that are being joined right sides together. Bring the needle up on the front of the work, hiding the knot in between the two layers, then take the needle and thread to the back of the work and insert it from back to front.

Pull the thread through to complete the stitch, taking care not to trap it under the needle.

Embroidery: How to do French knot

This stitch forms a little knot, or bobble, on the surface of the fabric. It is useful for flower centres.

French knot

Bring the needle up, wrap the thread tightly around it twice, insert the needle as close to the point at which it first emerged as possible, and pull it through. (You may find it easiest to hold the wraps down with the thumbnail of your non-sewing hand.)