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How to Embroider Letters by Hand

You can’t learn to embroider without knowing how to embroider letters by hand.  Printed letters are fairly easy to figure out, but I like to use a lot of script lettering in my embroidery patterns.  I filmed a couple videos that will show you two of my favorite ways to embroider letters.  If you like this post, make sure to check out all of my How to Embroider for Beginners series.

How to Embroider Letters by Hand - Step-by-Step video tutorials and free patterns!How to Embroider Letters, Method One – Backstitch:

The first method that I like to use is a backstitch.  This is a great method for script fonts that have thicker and thinner parts.  I outline the thicker parts with a backstitch and fill them in with another row of backstitch.  For this style, I usually use 6 strands of floss for large letters and 3 strands for smaller ones.  To makes things super easy for you, I made a video.  If you are using an ad blocker, you may have to turn it off to see the video.

How to Embroider Letters, Method Two – Stem Stitch:

The other method that I like to use is a stem stitch.  I use a stem stitch for monoline fonts, aka fonts made of a single line.  You can use any line stitch for fonts like this, but I prefer the look of a stem stitch.  It makes the letters look like one, consistent line, rather than multiple stitches.  I usually use 2 or 3 strands of floss when I embroider letters with a stem stitch.  And, of course, I made a video for this one too.  Watch it below, and make sure to turn off your ad blocker to see it.

I hope you were able to learn something new from those videos.  I know that embroidering letters can be a bit of a challenge.  I get so frustrated trying to make them look perfect!  Just remember that you can always take your stitches back out.  Take your time and make your stitches very short around those tight curves.  Happy stitching!

I have lots of hand embroidery patterns.  Take a look at my free embroidery patterns page!

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Sarah Boyson

Saturday 2nd of April 2022

Loving all your help, so that I can produce high quality work! I've had some lovely coments from people, so keep it up! Sarah (UK) x


Wednesday 17th of November 2021

Hi! Not seeing a link to your videos, but would love to watch them.


Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Tuesday 30th of November 2021

If you have an ad blocker on, it might be stopping them. You can also see all of them on my YouTube channel.


Monday 12th of April 2021

Hi May I ask what font you used for choose happy


Sunday 9th of May 2021

@Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts, thank you so much šŸ˜Š

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Blingtastic Script. Here's my affiliate link:


Friday 5th of March 2021

I have made a baby blanket in garter stitch and Iā€™m not sure which size needles I need and how many pieces of floss to embroid name on the blanket. Can you help please?

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 8th of April 2021

The amount of floss determines the needle size, one strand=size 10 needle, two strands=size 9 needle, three strands=size 8 needle, 6 strands=size 3 needle.


Thursday 14th of January 2021

Hi, I love your tips and designs i am new to lettering. So just wanted to know what font did you use for the lettering in the picture on top called Hailee Rain

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Thursday 28th of January 2021

It's called Herschel Script

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