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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...

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. ...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

Hem stitch (Point de Paris)

The Hem stitch (point de Paris) is very simple to achieve for a very decorative result. It is used to fix the hems or embed a piece on another in the technique of the appliqué. It can also simply be integrated into the middle of other embroidery stitches. This stitch...

Cretan stitch

The Cretan stitch is used as a filling stitch, especially in doing leaves. Various effects can be produced by altering the angle of the stitches or even closing them in or opening them out. This stitch is usually worked from top to bottom....

Portuguese stem stitch

Le point de tige  portugais est un point surjeté que l’on utilise pour apporter du relief dans une broderie. Bien exécuté, il donne l’effet d’une cordelette. Il s’agit d’un point de tige normal dont chaque point est surjeté 2 fois vers...