Step 1. Gather your supplies. You'll need a needle (I buy packs of different sizes and pick my favorite), floss (pick your favorite colors!), hoop (a 6 inch plastic one is a good one to start with) and fabric. You can embroider on almost any fabric, try embellishing your clothes, dish towels, pillowcases, anything! You can find all of these things at your local craft store, or maybe even in your closet.
Step 2. Stretch your fabric onto the hoop. Cut a length of floss about 12 inches long, thread the needle and then tie a knot in one end. Pull the needle and floss through the fabric from the back until the knot catches. Now push the needle back down through a little ways away and pull the floss tightly to the fabric. You've made a Straight Stitch!
Step 3. Keep making Straight Stitches in a row. You can make them all the same length, short or long, far apart, or very close together to get the effect you want. Straight Stitches in a row like this are called the Running Stitch. When you're done with your line, tie a knot on the back and start with another color.
Step 4. Now make a few Straight Stitches side by side, going back and forth. This is a Satin Stitch and it's great for solid shapes.
Step 5. Use a third color to make a few more Straight Stitches in flower and leaf shapes.
Step 6. You're done! It's really easy to embroidery pretty designs freehand with just a couple easy stitches. Play around and see what you can come up with!
Interested in learning more about embroidery? Have a look at my book, Doodle Stitching! It's full of many different embroidery stitches, patterns and fun projects!
Any questions? Post your comments or suggestions! I hope you find this helpful. :)