How to Begin Embroidery Stitches

To knot or not to knot, that is the question. Although a small knot at the end of your yarn or thread securely anchors the work in progress, the back of your embroidery will look neater and smoother if it is knot-free.


  1. Insert a threaded needle from the backside of the fabric, and pull through all but an inch or two of unknotted thread. (Image 1)
  2. Hold the loose end down, covering it with stitches as you work. (Image 2)
  3. Or, make a couple of running stitches, backstitch and then cover those as you work. (Image 3)
  4. Slide the needle under existing stitches on the wrong side of the fabric if you have already started the design. (Image 4)
  5. Leave the loose end of the thread under these stitches.

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