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How To Embroider Letters By Hand For Beginners

If you’re a beginner and you’re looking to learn how to embroider letters by hand, this post is perfect for you! Lettering can be challenging to get right. You’ll want to use stitches that are easy to stitch fine lines with, so I’ve picked 4 beginner friendly stitches to show you that work great for lettering.

Stitches For Embroidering Letters

how to embroider letters by hand for beginners

There are 4 different embroidery stitches I use the most frequently to embroider letters. These stitches are all considered to be outline stitches, which means they are great for fine lines and lettering.

  • back stitch
  • split stitch
  • chain stitch
  • stem stitch

A Few Tips for Embroidering Letters By Hand

  • When working curves, shorten the length of your stitches.
  • Stencil out the lettering before stitching so you have a nice guide to go by.
  • For finer lines, use fewer strands (i.e. 2-3 strands) of embroidery floss.

Back Stitch Letters

back stitch letter

The back stitch is my go-to when I embroider letters, and I find it’s the easiest to learn. If you aren’t familiar with it, you can learn how to do a back stitch here.

One tip to make this stitch look nice is to make sure you aren’t skipping spaces between stitches. You should try to keep each stitch lined up directly against the last stitch you made and not come up to the side of it. When working on curves, shorten the stitch length. All of these things will help keep the lettering looking smooth.

Split Stitch Letters

split stitch letter

The split stitch creates a bolder, textured line for letters. Learn the split stitch.

When working this stitch, try to use an even number of strands of floss since you’ll be splitting them down the middle. Also, try to take your time and make sure the stitch you are about to split is laying nicely where you want it. This stitch can appear a big jagged sometimes, but with practice and patience, you’ll get it!

Chain Stitch Letters

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Using the chain stitch for lettering creates a beautiful texture! Learn how to do a chain stitch.

I find it easiest to use 2 or 3 strands when working this stitch for letters because using all six can lead to the lettering being extra thick and less defined.

Stem Stitch Letters

how to embroider letters by hand - stem stitch letter

This stitch is by far the most challenging to use for letters. It can easily appear jagged and not smooth. But when it’s done right, it has a rope-like appearance. Learn the stem stitch.

Make sure you are keeping your working thread to the same side the whole time you are working this stitch. Otherwise, the stitch won’t turn out like it’s supposed to!

Once you get the hang of how to embroider letters by hand, check out The Spruce Crafts free monogram alphabet patterns and put your skills to the test!

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