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How to Work the Fern Stitch


How to Work the Fern Stitch
How to Work the Fern Stitch

Working the Fern Stitch

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The fern stitch is a surface embroidery stitch used to create an open, lacy stitch along a straight or curved line. It's beautiful worked as tree branches, ferns, or seaweed in a project.

Each section of the fern stitch is worked as a group of three straight stitches, all worked into the same ending hole. The groups are stitched repeatedly to make a row.

To work the fern stitch, make a diagonal stitch from the lower left to the upper right.

Make a second stitch to the left of the ending hole, and a third stitch diagonally from the upper left.

Continue making this 3-stitch group along the marked lines in your fabric until you have reached the end of the row.

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