USE OUR HANDY GUIDE FOR THE EM­BROI­DERY TECH­NIQUES IN THIS IS­SUE

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FISH­BONE STITCH

This stitch is of­ten used for mak­ing leaves, but also works for ar­eas you want to fill with a line down the cen­tre.

Make a straight stitch at the point of the leaf where the cen­tre rib would sit. Come up at point 1 on the edge of the leaf and go down at point 2, barely cross­ing the cen­tre line. Come up again at point 3 on the op­po­site side of the line, then go down at point 4, cross­ing the cen­tre line. Re­peat, work­ing from side to side, un­til the shape is filled.

SATIN STITCH

When you want to fill an area with a smooth fin­ish, this stitch is the ideal choice. It’s best worked in small ar­eas, 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’re fill­ing, com­ing up on the op­po­site side where your nee­dle went down.

WHIPPED BACK­STITCH

This is a great way to em­bel­lish a line of back­stitch, adding thick­ness, tex­ture or some ex­tra colour.

Start with a line of back­stitch. Come up at point 1. Slide the nee­dle un­der the first back­stitch from the top down. Slide the nee­dle un­der the next stitch from the top down. Re­peat. Bring the nee­dle down at point 2 when you reach the end of the line of back­stitch.

FLY STITCH

This sim­ple stitch can be worked as in­di­vid­ual stitches or in a line. Come up at point 1, then go down at point 2, leav­ing the thread loose. Come up at point 3, catch­ing the loop of thread, then pull to form a ‘V’. Go down at point 4.

STRAIGHT STITCH

The sim­plest of stitches, straight stitch can be grouped to­gether or used alone. Come up at point 1, then go down at point 2. Re­peat.

FRENCH KNOT

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 twice. 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.

BACK­STITCH

This stitch is ideal for out­lines, and it’s the one you’ll find you use the most.

Come up from the back at point 1, then go down at point 2. Come up at point 3, then go back to point 1 and bring the nee­dle through to the back.

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