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Stem stitch

Stem stitch is a series of stitches that overlap, and when done neatly, looks a bit like a rope. These instructions are for right handers. The stitch is worked from left to right and the thread should always be kept below the needle. Bring your thread through to the...

Lazy daisy stitch

Lazy Daisy is the common name for the detached chain stitch, which is a looped stitch that can be worked alone or in groups. It is mostly used to make petals and leaves. Start by bringing your needle to the front at point 1. Then take the needle to the back at  the...

French knot

To start a French Knot, bring your thread to the front at point 1. Hold the thread firmly between your left index finger and thumb and away from the fabric. With the tip of the needle facing you, wrap the thread over and around the needle with your left hand. You can...

Stitches

You will find below basic instructions to realize the stitches used in our designs, starting with “Blue Garden”. Portuguese stem stitch by Laurence | May 24, 2018 | Decorative stitches, stitches | 0 CommentsThe Portuguese stem stitch is an overcast stitch...

Bullion stitch

The bullion stitch will take place between A and B. Bring the needle out through A and put the needle through B at a desired length and bring your needle out again on A. Wind the thread around the needle as shown. The  distance of wound thread should be a little...

Blanket Stitch

The blanket stitch is simple and easy, it is one of the most sought after stitches. Bring the needle out through 1. Now, loop the thread around the needle. Take the needle in through 2 and bring it out from 3, as shown. ...

Long and short stitch

Long and short stitch is a way of filling patterns, especially when the pattern is too big to be embroidered with satin stitch. It can be worked in a single color or subtle shading can be achieved using multiple shades of single color. To work long and short stitch,...

Satin stitch

Satin stitch  is a series of straight stitches that are used to completely cover a section of a design. In order to maintain a smooth edge, shapes can be outlined with split back stitch before the entire shape including the outline is covered with satin stitch....

Split backstitch

The split backstitch is ideal for making outlines before using satin stitch or long and short stitch. The technique to use is like the back stitch but instead, finish by putting back the needle through the fabric in the middle of the preceding stitch...

Colonial knot

To start a Colonial Knot, hold the thread firmly between your left index finger and thumb and away from the fabric. With the tip of the needle outwardly directed, pass the needle under the thread and then pass the thread over the needle simulating an height. Holding...

Leaf stitch

The leaf stitch or fishbone stitch is ideal for making small leaves. It requires us to divide the pattern into two and each side is filled alternately giving it a plaited effect in the center. I suggest you to use just one thread to obtain the best rendering with this...

Fly stitch

The fly stitch is worked vertically from top to bottom forming a Y shape. Bring the needle out from 1 and put it in through 2. Then, bring it out through 3, which lies between and below 1 and 2. Pull the needle out from over the working thread to create a ‘V’ shape....

Back stitch

Work the back stitch from right to left Bring the needle up in 1 and selecting the size of the stitch, bring the needle down backward in 2 and come up again in 3 going under 1.The stitches are even and well aligned. The backside of the back stitch is a stem stitch....

Detached buttonhole stitch

The detached buttonhole stitch is formed in the same way as the buttonhole stitch but it is worked into itself rather than into the foundation fabric. To start, outline the surface to embroider with back stitches to attach your rows of buttonhole stitch. Working from...

Turkish work

The turkish work produces a series of closely worked loops which are combed cut and trimmed to shape producing a pile which resembles a rug pile or, if worked in a very fine manner, in a fine wool a soft thick velvet like pile. The stitch consist in rows of loops...

Ribbed spider web stitch

The ribbed spider web stitch has a raised effect and can be used as a very decorative piece in your embroidery. Start by embroidering a star having a variable number of branches with straight stitch, it will be used as a template. For this example, we will use a 8...

Chain stitch

The chain stitch is a looped stitch that can be worked along a curved or straight line. To work the basic chain stitch, start with a lazy daisy stitch and instead of finishing with an anchoring stitch, continue with a new loop. Finish the line with an anchoring...

Encroaching fly stitch

Generally the encroaching fly stitch is worked circularly and allows to obtain plain round surfaces with a sort of thicker outer ring. We use it here to embroider Agapanthus. You have to work the stitch in the same way you would do for the common fly stitch but...

The four sided stitch

The four sided stitch is embroidered from bottom to top and from left to right, working over the same number of threads in all directions. Embroider the first stitch upwards and take the needle out diagonally down. Make a stitch from left to right ending at the start...

Woven Rose

The woven rose is a very easy pattern to realize and requires no special skill for an amazing result. Embroider first a 5-branch star in straight stitches with 2 threads with a cotton matching the ribbon color. Secure the thread firmly. Pull up the ribbon near the...

Ribbon stitch

The ribbon stitch is the most basic of all the ribbons stitches. It is mainly used to make great leaves or petals. Bring the needle from the back to the front. Hold the ribbon flat and pierce the ribbon in the center. Pull the ribbon down through itself until it curls...

Palestrina stitch

Palestrina stitch has its origin in Italy. This stitch is usually used for outlining or bordering purposes. Any type of fabric and thread can be used to do this stitch, but the perle cotton n°8 will give the best knotted effect. If you decide to work with floss cotton...

Bullion stitch roses

How to embroider bullion stitch roses The center of a rose is made of 2 bullions stitches with 2 threads and 2 wraps, starting and finishing in the same hole    The rose is made of a succession of bullion stitches worked around and overlapping slightly. What I...

Spider web stitch

The spider web stitch is a very easy one to make and requires no special skill for an amazing result. Please refer to the instructions of the woven ribbon rose, that is exactly the same...

Interlaced chain stitch

Interlaced chain stitch This is a decorative variant of the chain stitch. After embroidering a single chain, simply wrap a thread on one side (or both) of each stitch by slipping this thread into each half stitch, forming back stitches in the middle of the chain and...

Couching

Couching in its most basic form is among the easier embroidery stitches. Essentially, the couching stitch is just a little straight stitch taken over some other thread to hold it...

Cast-on stitch

The cast-on stitch is an embroidery stitch that can be used for embroidering flowers or any other pattern to which it is desired to give relief without using the “stumpwork” technique. Unfortunately, I know that the picture is not very explicit than for...

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