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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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Pearlin

Monday 12th of April 2021

Hi May I ask what font you used for choose happy

pearlinjacob

Sunday 9th of May 2021

@Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts, thank you so much 😊

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Tuesday 4th of May 2021

Blingtastic Script. Here's my affiliate link: http://bit.ly/2RkfQaI

Sharon

Friday 5th of March 2021

I have made a baby blanket in garter stitch and I’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.

Foram

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

Maryam

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Hello dear Jessica! I just watched the video on Youtube and it was absolutely helpful! Wish I could give it a thumbs up more than once. :)) Thank you for it. :) I would like to ask if you could let me know what the font for the white words in the video is? You stitched "life" in that font.

Jessica @ Cutesy Crafts

Monday 21st of December 2020

I wrote it myself by using the font "Stars From Our Eyes" as a guide. You can download it on Dafont for free.

Kayla

Sunday 1st of November 2020

I have felted some stars and want to personalise them but finding it hard to stitch the lettering as I don’t want to go all the way through. Any ideas to help me ?

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