9 Creative Ways To Add More Texture To Embroidery

Hand embroidery is such a unique medium to work with because it naturally has some texture to it. But did you know that you can make embroidery even more 3-dimensional and textured with different stitches and techniques? Here are 10 different ways to create interesting embroidery textures.

Textured Embroidery Stitches

First, I wanted to go over some embroidery stitches that naturally add a lot of interest and dimension.

French Knots and Colonial Knots

embroidery stitches that add texture - french knot flower

Embroidery knots are great to fill in a shape or area with. You can vary the size of French knots depending on how many times you wrap the needle with the embroidery floss, so this can create different sizes and heights of knots.

Brick Stitch

brick stitch

The brick stitch is a variation of the back stitch. Rows of back stitches are staggered in a way that creates a brick-like appearance.

Basket Stitch

adding texture to embroidery-  a pie using a basket weave stitch

This stitch is such a fun stitch that adds an enormous amount of texture to embroidery. Check out this basket weave stitch tutorial to learn the stitch and how you can use it to embroider a basket.

Woven Wheel

The woven wheel stitch is great to embroider roses with. This stitch really pops off the fabric and looks 3-dimensional.

Chain Stitch

The chain stitch is generally a stitch you would use for lines, but if you use it to fill in an area, it adds a lot of texture. Check out this free lemon citrus pattern to see how to use it this way!

Turkey Stitch

The turkey stitch is another stitch that looks like the texture of a rug or hair. The fun thing about this stitch is that you can leave it long for hair or trim the pile short to look like a rug or grass. The opportunities are endless with this stitch and it’s really fun to experiment with: take a look at this stitch tutorial to learn how to embroider a fluffy flower.

The top of the hat in the photo above uses the turkey stitch. And another example of the chain stitch can is seen in the sweater, which imitates the texture of knitting.

Woven Picot

floral embroidery stitches

The woven picot stitch is great to use for flowers or anything that resembles a triangular shape. It is a woven stitch that is only attached on one side, so it actually lays on top of the fabric.

Embroidery Techniques To Add More Texture

Stitch Direction

Stitch direction can really make such a difference in the way your embroidery turns out. You can make stitches to emphasize a certain area or overlap them in a way that adds an interesting texture.

In this embroidery, the stitches are laid out in an overlapping and sporadic way that is obvious, but the portrait still appears to be defined and clear because of the colors that are used.

Contrasting Colors

pineapple embroidery

This embroidery uses lighter, contrasting colors on top of darker colors to accentuate the texture on the pineapple.

Learn Even More

Check out my online embroidery class that walks you through how to incorporate different embroidery stitches and stitch variations to look like a sweater.


I hope this post helped give you some inspiration and ideas on how to add more dimension and texture to your embroideries. These are just a few ideas, but there are so many more possibilities out there…you just have to get creative!

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