USE OUR HANDY STITCH GUIDE FOR THE EMBROIDERY PROJECTS IN THIS ISSUE
When you want to fill an area with a smooth finish, this stitch is the perfect choice. It’s best worked in small sections, because if the stitches are too long, they may snag.
Come up at point 1, then go down at point 2. Come up at point 3, then go down at point 4. Repeat. Always work the stitches across the area you are filling, coming up on the opposite side to where your needle went down.
Although it can take some practice, stem stitch is great for textured outlines.
Come up from the back at point 1, then go down at point 2. Before pulling the stitch close to the fabric, come up at point 3 with the loose thread below the needle. Pull the thread taut, then repeat.
This is a stitch that everyone should learn, because it’s so useful! The secret is to hold the working thread taut while you pull it through.
Come up at point 1, then wrap the thread around the needle two times. Holding the working thread with your non-dominant hand, bring the needle down at point 2 (close to point 1, but not the same hole) and pull slowly until the knot is formed.
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