Stitches that can be worked singly, without being attached to another stitch are called scatter stitches. These are the most common scatter stitches used in projects featured on this site, but there are many more. These include both single and compound stitches that are worked individually, like the tulip or wheatear stitches (members of the chain stitch family) or the fly stitch.
Many of the stitches can stand alone as elements in a design when worked singly, or can be grouped into rows to make interesting bands and borders. Others are best used as a group to fill an area.
For other types of stitches and stitch variations, visit the Embroidery Stitches page. If you’d like to try one of these stitches on a free pattern, visit out Free Patterns and Projects page and select your favorite technique. Then, download the pdf pattern and start stitching!