Learn to Embroider

Embroidery is a fabulous craft – inexpensive, portable, and as easy or complicated as you want to make it.

I’ve organized here all the embroidery tutorials on Shiny Happy World into groups that walk you through every step of the process – from choosing materials to transferring your pattern, lots of different stitches, and suggestions for finishing and displaying your work. Think of this page as the table of contents linking out to all the info you’ll need.

If you’re just getting started, you’ll be able to work systematically through these posts with any Shiny Happy World pattern. So jump right in!

Each of these links will take you to a page with more info on that topic – usually including links to other pages with more detailed info and tutorials.

Each of those pages will have suggested links to keep moving you through the lessons. There will also always be a link back to this – the main Learn to Embroider page – so you can refer back to the main Table of Contents as needed and jump to any topic you like.

Getting Started

General Supplies


Stabilizers and Pattern Transfer Tools

Stitching Specialty Fabrics

Working with Patterns

Digital Patterns

How to Transfer and Resize a Pattern


Yes – Multiple Posts about Knots

Stitch Tutorials

The Four Beginner Stitches

Outline Stitches

Fill Stitches

Other Stitches

Finishing Your Work

Basic Finishing

Other Ways to Use Embroidery