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Working the Paris Stitch
Paris Stitch

Working the Parisian Stitch

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The Paris stitch is a surface embroidery stitch worked in vertical and horizontal straight stitches, and mimics blanket stitch.

Also referred to as the Parisian stitch, it can be used to outline a shape, add appliques to a project, stitched along a hem, or used in bands and rows in an embroidery project.

To work the Paris stitch, bring your needle up through the fabric at the lower left starting point and make a horizontal stitch.

Bring the needle up through the fabric an equal distance vertically, and insert your needle back in it's original starting point, making an "L" shape. Continue stitching, keeping the stitching equally spaced.

This stitch can be used in counted thread ambroidery by working this stitch along a straight line, counting the threads in the fabric between the vertical and horizontal intervals.

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