The lexicon of embroidery stitches
Over the centuries, a huge variety of embroidery techniques and stitches have developed around the world. Here you can gain an overview of all the stitches I have found and made a tutorial about so far.
If you are still new to embroidery, I highly recommend you start with the basic stitches first. Diving into this sea of sometimes complex stitches can be overwhelming and discouraging. That is where this article comes in handy: Embroidery for beginners: the basic embroidery stitches
The embroidery stitch families
There are so many embroidery stitches that it is necessary to somehow group them to be able to find one at all. There are multiple ways to do that, but I found the most effective way to find embroidery stitches are the stitch families. Stitches can also be grouped into looped, knotted, crossed and flat stitches, but these categories are much too broad to be helpful in searching a stitch.
Stitch families are stitches around a base stitch (the head of the family, so to say) that share a big similarity in the way they are made. So, if you are looking for a type of chain stitch, look up the chain stitch family, and you’ll find over 30 stitches in that group!
Below, you’ll see the list of all stitch families with their base stitch as a picture to give you a hint of how the family looks like. Click on each picture to go to all the tutorials of the embroidery stitches in that family.
Looking for a stitch?
Maybe you are looking for a specific stitch, how a stitch is called or actual tutorials?
Below, you’ll see three resources to find the embroidery stitch you need!
The heart of the stitch lexicon. Here you’ll find the step-by-step photo tutorials for 206 embroidery stitches.
They are sorted into stitch families to make it easy to find them.
I’m currently in the process of filming how to embroider all embroidery stitches.
There are already over 90 stitch videos and a new one is coming in every Sunday.
Are you looking for the name of a stitch?
The stitch glossary is a list of pictures with the stitch names and their translations to multiple languages!
The creation of the new video tutorials and schematics takes a lot of time and resources. I’m still a one-woman-show – yes, I’m doing this all alone. The entire process is to make and edit the videos, illustrate the stitches and edit those, too, then publish all of them – repeat over 200 times. And then there is the hardware needed for all of this.
With the help of my kind supporters on Patreon, I could invest in a better camera setup and now show the new stitch videos from different angles. I’m constantly trying to improve the learning experience of my tutorials to give you the best embroidery resources out there. Your feedback and support mean a lot to me.
Become a Patron, too!
Patreon is a platform where you can subscribe to Pumora and get monthly benefits and perks that are exclusive to my Patrons (that is how subscribers are called over there). Every member can download a sampler template for all the stitches that will be shown each year. In addition, there are the monthly stitch cards to print out. They include the illustrations for the monthly embroidery stitches for you to cut out and use as reference.
You also have access to all the former samplers from previous years, like the colorful triangle sampler and the yearly stitch sampler from 2020 until now. From time to time, I’ll publish a Patreon exclusive video to show some behind the scenes, extra tips, etc. A Patronage costs 3USD on a monthly subscription basis. You can cancel your subscription anytime. You can read more about it here.