How To Embroider Large Letters By Hand {Part 2}

Learning how to embroider letters is both a fun and useful skill. From monograms to labels to quotes, there are endless ways embroidery letters can add that little something special to all your projects. In How To Embroider Letter By Hans {Part 1} we learned four simple stitches for embroidery letters. We also discussed font choice and the importance of stitch length and direction.

In part two, we take those basic skills to the next level by learning how to embroider large letters. These are the type of letters that are wide and thick and need more than a thin outline stitch. In this lesson, we will cover traditional and non-traditional filler stitches in addition to combination stitches for creating fun and unique large embroidered letters.

How to Embroider Large Letters

Free Downloadable Pattern

For this project, I’ve created a free downloadable PDF pattern to make it easy for you to follow along at home. You can download it HERE, or by clicking the link at the end of the post. I’ve also included instructions for transferring the pattern to fabric in the PDF. Once you have your pattern on fabric come back here for further instructions.

How to embroider Large Letters

How To Embroider Large Letters with Satin Stitch

For the first letter, we’re going to use satin stitch. This is a classic filler stitch that creates a smooth, satin-like finish. If you are not familiar with satin stitch, I recommend first reviewing my Satin Stitch Embroidery Tutorial. One of the common complaints about satin stitch is that it’s hard to keep the stitches straight. To avoid this problem, we’re going to make our stitches diagonal. Starting at the top left corner of the H, make a single stitch on the diagonal.

How to Embroider Large Letters
Stitch all the way to the top corner, making sure your stitches are close but not overlapping.

How to Embroider Large Letters
Turn the fabric over and thread the needle through the stitches down to the where you started. From here we’re going to stitch all the way down the letter. When you reach the end of the short section take the thread across to the far side of the H.

How to Embroider Large Letters
After the middle is filled in, shorten the stitch again and continue stitching down the left side of the letter.

How to Embroider Large Letters
When you reach the bottom, once again turn your work over and thread the needle back up to the top of the middle section of the H. From here, continue stitching upward until you reach the top of the letter.

How to Embroider Large Letters
The final step is to fill in the bottom of the right side leg. You now have a beautiful satin stitch letter!

How to Embroider Large Letters

How To Embroider Large Letters With Stem Stitch and French Knots

For the next letter, we’re going to combine two stitches. Stem stitch will outline the letter while French Knots act as a filler stitch. Once again, if you are not familiar with these stitches be sure to review their corresponding tutorials.

» Stem Stitch Tutorial
» French Knot Tutorial

Start by outlining the inner and outer areas of the letter O with stem stitch.

How to Embroider Large Letters
Next, use french knots to fill in the letter. After some experimentation, I decided on two evenly spaced rows of knots. You might only want one, or you might choose to the place the knots close together and fill in the letter completely. Either way, the combination of stem stitch and french knots is an easy way to fill in any letter.

How to Embroider Large Letters

How to Embroider Large Letters with Chain Stitch and Whipped Back Stitch

For the third letter, we’ll use a different combination of stitches. This time the letter M is outlined with chain stitch and the inside is filled with whipped back stitch. You can learn more about both of these stitches by taking a look at their tutorials.

» Chain Stitch Tutorial
» Back Stitch Tutorial

Begin by outlining the letter M with chain stitch and stitching the inner line with back stitch. Next, using a different color thread, weave through the back stitch without pulling the thread tight.

How to Embroider Large Letters
The end result is a wavy line that serves as a filler stitch and contrasts nicely with the sharp lines of the letter M.

How to Embroider Large Letters

How to Embroider Large Letters with Split Stitch and Lazy Daisy Embellishments

I think this last letter might be my favorite. Once again, we’re using a combination of two stitches to create a simple outline with some fun embellishments. Start by outlining the E with split stitch. Next, add a row of lazy daisy stitches up the straight side of the E. Finally, using a contrasting color thread, stitch a trio of lazy daisies into the top and bottom corners of the letter.

» Split Stitch Tutorial
» Lazy Daisy Tutorial

How to Embroider Large Letters
That’s it! Four letters, seven stitches, and one fun and easy large lettering project.

How to Embroider Large Letters

 

Free Downloadable Pattern + Color & Stitch Guide

Use this link to download the free HOME Large Lettering PDF:
How to Embroider Large Letters

The thread colors and stitches for each letter are as follows:
H – DMC thread 3809 / Satin Stitch
O – DMC thread 928 / Stem Stitch & French Knot
M – DMC thread 930 (outer) & 3809 (inner) / Chain & Whipped Back Stitch
E – DMC thread 927 (outer) & 445 (inner corners) / Split & Lazy Daisy Stitch

Happy Stitching!

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