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Friday, July 8, 2011

Embroidery 101: Stem Stitch

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Stem Stitch kind of resembles Back Stitch, but it is a little bit thicker.
I'll be honest here, I have the hardest time getting my Stem Stitch to look even {if you examine the last photo closely, you'll see what I mean}.  But I still love the look, even if my tons of practice hasn't paid off yet.

The symbol for Stem Stitch is just a straight line, much like Back Stitch, so look at the pattern closely for directions.  Also, you could change your Stem Stitch and Back Stitch up, if you want a bit of a different look!

Bring the needle up on the left side of the straight line.


Then, poke the needle through on the right side of the line, making a longer diagonal stitch.


The first stitch should look something like this:


Then bring the needle up again on the left side of the line about half-way through the height of the stitch.


Make the next stitch the same size as the previous.  Two stitches should look like this:


Then just continue along the line, with each stitch starting at the half-way point of the previous, and extending past it.  For variation, adjust the size of stitches.


I think it adds some great texture to a straight line, don't you?

1 comment:

  1. These tutorials are so helpful, thank you so much!

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