“Embroidery” is any type of decorative stitching done on fabric with thread.

There are many different types of embroidery – something for any style and personality.

Embroidery Stitches

Many types of embroidery use the same basic stitches.

See tutorials for stitching then and get inspiration on using them in the Embroidery Stitch Directory.

embroidery floss on fabric in hoop with title "embroidery stitch directory".

Surface Embroidery

blue and aqua flower embroidery in a white frame

Surface embroidery is a common type of embroidery. It can be done on almost any surface and is easy to get started.

Get started with surface embroidery here.

learn to embroider with the Simple Embroidery e-book.


white hardanger embroidery sample.

Hardanger is all about structure and staying inside the lines (quite literally). This Norwegian embroidery style uses both counted thread stitches and cutwork.

If you follow charts and work carefully, you will be rewarded with beautiful results. Get started in hardanger with this hardanger embroidery TUTORIAL.


Bargello is a simple counted thread embroidery that is done on canvas. Geometric designs are made with straight stitches in regular patterns.

uneven zig zag bargello sample with overcast edges.


Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.

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