Embroider an Alphabet Sampler
Learn an assortment of new stitches or practice a few of your old favorites with this free pattern for an alphabet embroidery sampler. Stitch them all together and frame the finished piece or use the letters individually for separate projects!
Ready to stitch your ABCs? Grab a hoop and get started!
Downloadable Alphabet Embroidery Pattern
Although the sampler design for each letter has lots of detail elements to show the different stitches, it's a little easier to transfer the basic letters. Then you can work the various stitches over those lines.
Printing the image so it fills a standard page is a good size, but you can enlarge it and print on multiple pages if you'd like. Some of the stitches would be tricky at a smaller size.
Marking the Pattern
If you want to transfer the entire alphabet for a sampler, the fastest and most accurate method is with water-soluble stabilizer. You can use other transfer methods too, but it's best to only use those that allow you to completely remove the markings when finished.
For best results, embroider on a tight even-weave fabric, such as linen or even quilting cotton. If the weave feels loose, fuse interfacing to the back.
Embroider the pattern with stranded cotton embroidery floss, working with three strands. You can also use size 8 perle cotton.
You should also have a large embroidery hoop and embroidery scissors.
This pattern would look great worked in a single color or in a few tints of the same color, for example, in black and gray. You could also use a variety of colors throughout or embroider the letters in rainbow order.
Alphabet Sampler Stitch Guide
Use the image for reference as you follow the stitch guide below. If you'd rather, you can also use the alphabet pattern for plain lettering or with your favorite stitches.
Find many of these stitches right here. If a stitch isn't familiar to you, vintage embroidery books may also be helpful.
B - Use back stitch for the vertical line. Work the curves with rope stitch.
C - Use coral stitch for the entire letter.
D - Use back stitch for the curve. Work the vertical line with feather stitch.
F - Use back stitch for the vertical and top lines. Form the second horizontal line with a bullion knot.
G - Use back stitch for all the lines of the letter, leaving a gap for the flowers if you'd like. Work the flowers with detached chain stitch.
H - Use back stitch for the left side and horizontal line. Work the right side with basket stitch.
I - Use fern stitch for the entire letter.
J - Use back stitch for the top of the letter. Work the vertical line and curve with cable chain stitch.
K - Use back stitch for the two arms. Work the vertical line with open chain stitch.
L - Use back stitch for the entire letter. Add wrapping to the entire letter.
M - Use back stitch for the angled and right side of the letter. Work three rows of long & short satin stitch.
N - Use back stitch for the entire letter. Add angled pistil stitch on the left vertical line.
P - Use back stitch for the entire letter. Add scalloped fly stitches along the left side of the vertical line.
Q - Use back stitch for the curly line and the bottom right of the letter. Work the rest of the letter with scroll stitch.
R - Use back stitch for the curves. Work the vertical line with thorn stitch.
S - Use chain stitch for the entire letter. Add backstitch over the top of the chain stitch, with each stitch overlapping where the "chains" connect.
T - Use back stitch for the horizontal line (and small curve). Work the vertical line with a 1/4-inch row of satin stitch.
U - Use back stitch for the right side of the letter and lower curve. Work a line of french knots at the top of the left line.
V - Use back stitch for the entire letter. Add wrapping/weaving to form Pekinese stitch on the left side.
W - Use back stitch for the center and right lines. Work the left line with couching stitch.
X - Use back stitch for the angled line with curves. Work the other angled line with long-armed cross stitch.
Y - Use back stitch for the entire letter. Add weaving going in both directions on the right side.
Z - Use back stitch for the entire letter. Add detached chain stitches along the angled line.