The first few stitches I will show you will be super easy. They’re usually used as outline stitches for your projects.
Your first stitch will be back stitching. As you see here, it’s used as a border, but also as a filler stitch, using three different colors of floss to make the bubbles.
Most of Witchie’s stitches in her hat, the cat, her eyes, eyebrows, mouth and face are back stitching.
Step one. Start out your thread with a teeny tiny little knot at the end and snip off any tail that might be left. When you’re first learning how to embroider, knotting the end is the best bet to secure your stitches. As you become more familiar with it, you can leave the end strand loose and just stitch it into the back of the piece you’re doing. I’ll show you how to do that another time.
Go up through your fabric.
Then go down one stitch length behind your beginning hole.
Pull the thread taut.
Go up through the thread one stitch length from the first beginning stitch and down through the fabric right next to the first beginning stitch.
Pull taut and continue until you have your first few rows of back stitching.
To end your line and tie off your stitches, turn your hoop over and using the needle, go through the last stitch.
Pull your thread carefully through and when you have a small loop, thread your needle through.
Pull taut and snip your tail.
You’ve just finished your first stitch!!! Keep a look out for our next stitch, the running stitch, shown here: