Beginner Stitch Beauty

Running Stitch Scarf

Running stitch scarf found on Purl Bee

Running stitch to many is the absolute basic embroidery stitch.  But just because it is for beginners does not mean you can’t continue to use it and experiment.  Depending on the colors used and the patterns you might try, running stitch can be used to create lots of modern projects.  The best part about it is you don’t really have to think about this one.  The repetition can be very relaxing, which is the whole point of stitching around these parts.

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Gather Supplies


Before you can start your project, you will need to gather some basic supplies.

1/4 yard of white fabric, cut into 4 six inch squares leaving you some extra to practice with – my favorite is Kona cotton (can be found at Hobby Lobby, Joanns, and Hancock Fabrics)


4″ embroidery hoop – you only need one to stitch, but if you want to hang them on the wall grab four.


DMC thread in the following colors: 606, 720, 729, 3774, 3847

Patterns and instructions (Download them here if you haven’t yet)

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Taste of Stitching for 31 Days

Welcome to a Taste of Stitching. 31 days of embroidery.

Each new post will be added here so you have an easy place to find what you’re looking for.  Scroll down for day 1 below.

Day 2: Gather Supplies

Day 3: Beginner Stitch Beauty

Day 4: Geometric Stitch Inspiration


Grab a spoon (needle?) and join me as we sample the basics of stitching for 31 days.  With a delectable color palette and detailed instructions, you can go from not being able to sew a button on anything to stitching up gorgeous projects with ease.

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Pretty Stitch Palette: Seaworthy

embroidery color palette

Summer is filled with cookouts, lake time, pool time, and lazy days around here.  We love it, even when the humidity ramps up.  Then we play board games, read our books, and pull out the art supplies in the air conditioning.  What do you love about summer?  Maybe you should stitch it up in this nautical summer inspired palette.

If you stitch something with these colors I would love to see it.  Find me on instagram @lovelymesses and tag your photo with #lovelymesses and #prettystitchpalette.  Let’s fill up those feeds with color!

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