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Stitch steps: Holbein (double running) stitch

On November 7th 2017

Holbein or double running stitch looks the same on the back as the front and can be used instead of backstitch. It’s also used for blackwork embroidery and for economical, neat outlines in cross stitch and other stitcheries. Holbein stitch RIGHT Holbein stitch LEFT

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Stitch steps: Double (woven) chevron stitch

On November 7th 2017

After stitching a standard row of chevron stitch (see other tutorial), you work a second row through it in another colour. The short stitches form a solid line and the stitches are interwoven and very decorative. Double (woven) chevron stitch RIGHT Double (woven) chevron stitch LEFT

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Stitch steps: Chevron stitch and filling

On November 7th 2017

Chevron stitch is a decorative border stitch that can also be worked over ribbon or braid. Rows can be stacked to form a filling that makes a great tiled roof or wire trellis effect. Chevron stitch RIGHT Chevron stitch LEFT

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Stitch steps: Trellis or lattice couching

On September 6th 2017

Trellis, square or lattice couching is used to fill areas decoratively. First, a grid of threads is laid down, then they are couched in place using simple or more complex stitches, often in a contrasting colour. Trellis couching RIGHT Trellis couching LEFT

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Stitch steps: Knitting stitch

On September 6th 2017

Knitting stitch is also known as duplicate stitch and Swiss darning. Worked over stocking stitch using a graph in most cases, the stitches cover the original stitches exactly, creating the effect of colour knitting such as intarsia or Fair Isle techniques very simply. Knitting stitchRIGHT Knitting stitchLEFT

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Stitch steps: Granitos stitch

On September 6th 2017

Granitos are simple, slightly dimensional stitches that resemble a grain of rice and make superb petals, leaves, buds and animal eyes. Granitos RIGHT Granitos LEFT

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Stitch Steps – Buttonhole stitch

On August 4th 2017

Buttonhole stitch differs slightly from its cousin, blanket stitch, by having an extra twist that gives a more durable, defined edge to the stitch. It can be worked very close together to make actual buttonholes or to finish the raw edges of whitework and cutwork embroidery, or be spaced more widely over cloth for a [...]

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Stitch steps: Turkey stitch & tufted knot

On July 26th 2017

Sometimes called Turkey work, this is a versatile stitch that can be used in many different ways. The distinctive thing about it are the freestanding loops or cut strands that can be used to depict realistic grass, flower stamens, hair, manes and more. Tufted knots are used in quilting as well as embroidery. Turkey stitch, [...]

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Stitch steps: Whipped & laced stitches

On July 3rd 2017

Worked on a foundation row of running stitch or backstitch, whipped and laced stitches add texture and interest to a project and they can be used decoratively or to depict things such as rope. The two or three journeys of the stitch can all be worked in a single colour, but using tones of one [...]

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Stitch Steps: Palestrina stitch

On April 18th 2017

Palestrina stitch goes by several other names as well: Smyrna, double knot, pearl, tied coral and old English knot stitches. It’s a three-step stitch that creates a richly textural line that can resemble a line of beads. It can be worked singly, in lines and with varying lengths to the base stitches. Palestrina stitch RIGHT [...]

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