How To Embroider – The Ultimate Beginners Guide

Start here if you’re just getting started on your hand embroidery journey! I’ve compiled a comprehensive beginner embroidery guide of all of the free patterns I offer, embroidery stitch tutorials, resources needed, and much much more that will help you learn how to embroider.

When I was first learning how to embroider, I felt like there weren’t many resources out there to help. My time consisted of a lot of trial and error, reading old embroidery books, ripping out stitches, and, let’s be honest: sometimes feeling like ripping out my hair. 😛

This guide is meant to give you the resources to start learning how to embroider with as little frustration and confusion as possible!

A little about me: I am self taught; I actually picked up embroidery in nursing school as a creative outlet! That being said, none of this information is the only way to do things, but these tips and tricks are from over ten years of experience, and they’re things that have worked for me!

I started using the most basic of stitches (and materials!) and branched out over time, learning new stitches and techniques. Still, to this day, I go back to my library of embroidery resources (physical books and online websites) to refresh or learn new techniques! I’m so excited for you to begin learning this needlecraft; let’s get started!

Below is a video I put together that goes over embroidery for beginners. We talk all about hand embroidery supplies you’ll need, basic embroidery stitches, and some general tips and tricks!

Disclaimer: This post has some affiliate links in it. I receive a small commission from purchases at no additional cost to the buyer. I only recommend products I would use and are of good quality.

How To Embroider Basics

embroidery supplies

You don’t need much to get started with hand embroidery. It’s a relatively cheap and minimal set up!

You’ll need:

I recommend reading the following posts to get up to speed on all of the different options for hand embroidery supplies:

Recommended Hand Embroidery Supplies List

Embroidery Hoops and How to Use Them

Types of Embroidery Needles

How To Find the Best Fabric For Embroidery

The Best Hand Embroidery Floss


How to Embroider Basic Embroidery Stitches

how to embroider a back stitch

Now let’s get to the exciting part: actually stitching! A few basic embroidery stitches can really go a long way. If you watched the video at the beginning of this article, I went over a backstitch, chain stitch, and satin stitch. I have a little secret: You can make an awesome looking embroidery with just these three stitches! So start here, work on a few basics, and then challenge yourself once you’ve mastered these.

The following resources are helpful:

Embroidery Stitch Library

Basic Embroidery Stitches Every Beginner Should Learn + Downloadable PDF

Free Embroidery Sampler Pattern

Hand Embroidery Stitch Tool


Beginner Embroidery Patterns

beginner embroidery patterns

You can design your own or choose from a ton of different beginner embroidery patterns available online! I sell embroidery pdf patterns and kits in my shop but you can also find a ton of them on Etsy. It may be useful when you’re first learning how to embroider to start with a pattern made specifically for beginners!


Embroidery Classes Online

online embroidery classes

I teach on the online learning platform, Skillshare, where I have several different classes. If you’d like to, you can sign up for a free trial and take my classes!

The embroidery classes I teach include:

Also check out this post:

Best Online Embroidery Classes To Learn Hand Embroidery


Free Intro to Embroidery

Sign up to the email list and get exclusive access to my intro to embroidery mini-course/resource! This includes a free teacup pattern stencil along with a whole page full of information to get you started.


More Beginner Embroidery Blog Posts

5 Ways to Embroider Leaves

How to Embroider Flowers By Hand

How to Embroider Roses 3 Different Ways

Lazy Daisy Flower Tutorial

Beginner Embroidery Tips


Hand Embroidery Kits and Patterns for Beginners

I know this is a ton of information, and it’s definitely not expected of you to read all of these articles in one day! But I truly hope that these tutorials help you on your journey of learning how to embroider!