Hand Embroidery Tips and Tricks

Keep these guidelines in mind and use these primary stitches while sewing for a blooming project.

By Kazuko Aoki
January 2018


A celebrated Japanese textile artist and avid gardener,Embroidered Garden Flowers: Botanical Motifs for Needle and Thread(Roost Books, 2017), by Kazuko Aoki brings the vibrancy and brilliance of the flora and fauna seen throughout her garden to needle and thread. Each of her patterns are presented with care and realistic detail including buds, blooms, roots, seeds, and accompanying insects for the plants. The following excerpt is from the “How to Make” chapter.

Embroidery Floss and Thread

I mainly use DMC embroidery floss.

For DMC No. 5 and No. 8 and for linen thread, I embroider with a single strand.