This is how you get really smooth, lovely satin stitches. Outline in split or chain stitch, fill in the area with chain or long & short stitches, and then do the satin stitch. The underlying stitches support the satin stitch and help it to lay smoothly.

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this site has every embroidery stitch known to man...i think!

Rope stitch - a series of closed up twisted chain stitches to form an embossed rope. Uses the twisted chain stitch.

Embroidery tutorial for making a gorgeous leaf. Saw these in Sew Beautiful a few years ago and they're easy and gorgeous once you get the hang of it!

Wonderful embroidered leaf tutorial Embroidering Leaves Originally pinned by Manka Minta onto Embroidery (free patterns & ideas).

What a cool stitch from Rocksea & Sarah ~

Chain stitch -- another variation, sort of zig-zags. I had no idea there were so many ways to do chain stitch!

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Hand embroidery tutorials, a brilliant website with pictured tutorials on loads of embroidery stitches.

Embroidery Stitches, never seen this one either! it reminds me of a peacock feather gorgeous!

Embroidery Stitches, heavy chain stitch, never seen this one either! it reminds me of a peacock feather gorgeous!

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Even if you prefer to sew by machine, there will come times when hand stitching is your best option. Hand stitching is usually preferred for finishing waistbands, linings, and hems, when you want to achieve a flawless finish. Here are four of the most.