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Stitch of the Week - Counted Straight Stitch

By September 20, 2012

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This week's stitch is the Counted Straight Stitch, a simple embroidery stitch created using a straight, long stitch individually or in patterns. This stitch is worked in counted thread embroidery, with a similarly named stitch used for surface embroidery called a basic straight stitch. In counted embroidery the stitch is worked similarly to satin stitch, covering a designated number of threads in the embroidery fabric.

By working a stright stitch over the counted threads, patterned stitches of bands and rows can be made in the shape of bars, zig zags, hearts, leaves and flowers or other motifs.

In the examples here, I've stitched a row of straight stitch hearts and a zig-zag band worked in over-dyed embroidery floss, to show just two of the many stitching options you can make using this versatile stitch.

The counted straight stitch shown here as well as the basic straight stitch and dozens of other pretty stitches are located in the handy stitch diagrams list.


September 21, 2012 at 11:01 am
(1) cathartes says:

Now that’s an easy one that anyone can do. It would be great for filling larger areas or jazzing up a border.

September 24, 2012 at 9:48 am
(2) Carmen says:

Pretty! I love the zig zag strip!

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