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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Embroidery 101: Coral Stitch

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The Coral Stitch can be used as either an outline stitch or a filling stitch. It is generally worked right to left {I actually took my photos working it left to right...so they've all been flipped...sorry!}. When working the stitch, decide how many knots to place along the length of the design, then base the stitch length on that.

To use this as a fill, simple work several rows, alternating the locations of the knots and the length of thread.  Although this stitch is called a Coral Stitch, it makes me think of a woven basket {hint, hint}.

Start at the beginning of the stitching line and place the tail of the thread along the line.

Make a small stitch under the thread where the knot is going to go.  The thread will also create a loop, which is what will form the knot.

{I've moved the thread out of the way in this photo to show the small stitch:}

Then, pull the needle through the stitch and through the loop created by the thread.

Pull gently until a knot is created that holds the thread in place and continue along the stitching line.

Here's a picture of what a finished row might look like.  After making the final knot, simply stitch the thread back into the fabric.

This is really a quick stitch, but adds a lot of dimension to any project.


  1. That is a super cute stitch, I could see it as waves. One day I'll get around to it...

  2. Love your post at Sew WE Quilt! Thanks for sharing. I have been looking for a something like this, the Stitch and Quilt Along may be just the thing for me!


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