Transferring an Embroidery Pattern

Embroidering is fun and relaxing, but before you can begin, you need to get the pattern onto your fabric. There are different methods you can use to transfer your embroidery pattern, but I am going to explain the simplest way: TRACING.

The following steps will teach you how to transfer your pattern onto your fabric, or you can skip to the video tutorial.

Begin by placing your pattern face-down onto your fabric and tape it down so that the pattern does not move.

Use a light-table or tape your pattern/fabric to a window and trace your design with a water-soluble marker. If you have an iPad, you can also use the app Trace Table.

Brick Stitch

The brick stitch, also known as the long and short stitch, is usually used to fill in large areas of space.

It is known as the brick stitch because the pattern of stitches looks like laid bricks.

This stitch can look intimidating, but it really is pretty simple. The trick to successfully creating the brick stitch is to be sure to keep your stitches even and straight.

Below is a video tutorial to embroider with the brick stitch!

The brick stitch is used in one of my most popular patterns: I Am A Child Of God. This pattern is BEAUTIFUL.

Fishbone Stitch

The fishbone stitch can be used in several ways, but it is usually used to embroider leaves.

I love the texture of this stitch. It makes leaves look realistic and dimensional.

Below is a video tutorial for embroidering the fishbone stitch!

I love to use the fishbone stitch in my embroidery patterns! Some of my favorite patterns that use this stitch are the Good Vibes Only and Squeeze The Day embroidery patterns.

Lazy Daisy Stitch

The lazy daisy stitch is often used for flowers, Specifically daisy-type flowers, hence its name. It can also be used to create leaves and other petal-like shapes.

I find that I use this stitch a lot. Once you know how to do it, you probably will too!

Below is a video tutorial for embroidering the lazy daisy stitch!

Some of my favorite patterns that use the lazy daisy stitch are the Home Is Where Your Mom Is embroidery pattern and Good Vibes Only embroidery pattern!

Woven Wheel

The woven wheel is used mostly for creating flowers. Depending on how tightly you weave the thread, you can create thick or flat flowers.

This stitch looks daunting at first, but I promise its not difficult at all! It’s really very simple. I especially love using this stitch in my Donut Worry Be Happy pattern. The woven wheel adds the perfect amount of texture to the frosting!

Below is a video tutorial for creating the woven wheel stitch!

I love using the woven wheel, especially in my Donut Worry Be Happy embroidery pattern. While the woven wheel stitch is not meant to resemble flowers in this pattern, it adds something really special to the texture of the frosting!

French Knots

French Knots add so much texture to an embroidery piece. I love using them to fill in a little (or big) area of space or just to add a little flair to an embroidery piece. French knots are also great for simple things like dotting an i when you are stitching words.

Below is a video tutorial for creating french knots!

One of my favorite patterns that uses french knots is the Donut Worry Be Happy embroidery pattern. Not only does this pattern use French knots, but it’s also just cute and punny.

Satin Stitch

The satin stitch is used to fill in shapes. I love this stitch because it looks smooth and soft. I love how the thread all blends together and creates a silky texture.

I use the satin stitch in basically all of my embroidery patterns, it’s just THAT good!

Below is a video tutorial for creating the satin stitch!

These are some of my favorite patterns that use the satin stitch!

Home Is Where Your Mom Is
Wild Daisies
Good Vibes Only

Chain Stitch

The chain stitch is so fun! I love using this stitch to stitch lettering, outline shapes, and I even like to use it to fill in shapes!

I hadn’t ever thought of using this stitch to fill in shapes until I was working on the Christmas Ornaments Embroidery Pattern, but I ended up LOVING it!! Now I use it all the time.

Below is a tutorial for the chain stitch!

The Christmas Ornaments and the I’d Spend All Nine Lives With You are two fun embroidery patterns that will allow you to practice the chain stitch. Enjoy!

Stem Stitch

The stem stitch is perfect for creating vines and stems, hence the name! I also love to use it for lettering when I want the letters to really look blended.

This stitch is another simple embroidery stitch that is important for all level of embroidery artists to learn and know.

Below is a video tutorial for creating the stem stitch!

If you are wanting to practice the stem stitch, I’d Spend Nine Lives With You is a great pattern for you! This pattern uses SIMPLE embroidery stitches that is perfect for beginners and is fun for intermediate and advanced embroiderers.

Back Stitch

The back stitch is one of the simplest embroidery stitches. It is used for outlining shapes, lettering, and creating solid lines.

This is the first stitch I ever learned. I used to embroider every pattern with just the back stitch. Needless to say, I have come a long way, but this is the perfect place to start!

Below is a video tutorial for creating the back stitch!

For practice with the back stitch, the Squeeze the Day embroidery pattern is a great place to start!