The Ermine Stitch can be worked singly or in rows, or scattered as a filling stitch. It's made from three stitches - a vertical stitch crossed by two diagonal stitches - and is easy to work.
Ermine stitch can be used as a counted stitch, or as a surface embroidery stitch and can be worked freestyle or pre-marked on the fabric for perfect placement. It gets its name due to its resemblance to the furry tail of an ermine (a type of weasel) when worked in black thread on white fabric.
To work the stitch, work the vertical leg of the stitch first, working from top to bottom using your favorite embroidery thread. Work the second leg from the upper left to the lower right, followed by a stitch from the lower left to the upper right, making an "x" over the vertical stitch.
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