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A Complete List of the Stitches on This Site

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Here you will find a complete list of the embroidery stitches featured on this site. Includes the basic stitches that every beginner to embroidery should learn, as well as variations of well-known embroidery stitches and stitches for a wide range of embroidery types.

1. Back Stitch

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The Back Stitch is a basic embroidery and sewing stitch used to produce a thin line of stitching, to outline shapes that will be filled with satin stitch, or to stitch fabric pieces together.

2. Blanket Stitch

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The Blanket Stitch is a basic stitch that can be used to create an edging, used as a surface embroidery stitch, or to applique elements in place on an embroidery project. It is worked using open half-loops of stitching, similar to a hand-worked buttonhole stitch.

3. Bosnian Stitch

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The Bosnian stitch can be used in a surface embroidery, freestyle or counted thread embroidery project where a zigzag line is needed. There are several different ways the stitch can be worked, and two variations are given here in this article.

This page features a method for working the Bosnian stitch on one pass, while the next step shows a quick-stitch method that is worked in two passes.

Regardless of the bethod you select, this stitch should be worked while having the embroidery fabric held taut in an embroidery hoop for best results. This will ensure that the stitches are not worked too tightly or loosely.

4. Buttonhole Stitch - Crossed

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The Crossed Buttonhole Stitch is a variation of the standard buttonhole stitch, a common surface embroidery or edging stitch. It gets its name from the cross stitch-like pattern created when working the stitch, and is a beautiful accent to a cross stitch or embroidery project.

The crossed buttonhole stitch, like the blanket stitch, is a versatile stitch than can be worked free-hand on the surface or counted, to ensure accurate spacing. Work the design along a hemmed edge, to outline a shape or create a decorative band.

5. Cable Stitch

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The Cable Stitch can be worked along a straight or curved line on plainweave or evenweave fabric, and can be grouped into rows as a filling stitch.

6. Chain Stitch and Chain Stitch Filling

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Learn to work the basic Chain Stitch, the chain stitch as a filling, as well as the proper way to change thread when working this easy stitch.

7. Chain Stitch - Cable

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The Cable Chain features rows of linked chain stitches worked in a straight or zigzag pattern. The linked chains cen be used as outlines or borders.

8. Chain Stitch - Detached Single

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Learn to work a single, Detached Chain Stitch. This stitch forms the basis of stitches like the lazy daisy.

9. Chain Stitch - Filling

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Chain Stitch Filling is worked in multiple, concentric rows until an item is completely filled.

10. Chain Stitch - Lazy Daisy

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The Lazy Daisy is not a stitch per se, but is instead a group of single, detached chain stitches arranged in the shape of a flower. Learn to work a basic lazy daisy stitch.
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