Did you miss one of the "Stitch of the Week" announcements on the embroidery blog or in the free weekly newsletter? You can find a complete list of the stitches featured every week in this section, listed in chronological order.
A photo of the finished stitch is included in each entry, as well as links to the blog featuring the information and the diagrams for working the stitch. Learn a new stitch, or brush up on your existing skills.
A wide variety of both counted thread and freestyle, surface embroidery stitches have been included in this special, weekly feature.
To work the stitch, a ground of diagonal, intersection threads is laid on the fabric. These threads are tacked in place by a small upright cross stitch at intersections.
The lazy daisy stitch is a member of the chain stitch family, and is made by working a group of detached chain stitch (aka: single chain stitch) around a center point, creating a flower-shaped group of stitches.
Any number of detached chain stitches can be used, and depends entirely on the number of petals needed for the flower.
In the sample shown here, the detached chain stitch petals are worked around a large center area filled with French knots.
This stitch can be used in borders and rows, to accent a hem, or as an individual element in an embroidery design. For example, the square boss stitch was used in the outer borders of the Northern Woods counted thread project.
Technically, only the first stitch is truly four-sided, with the adjoining stitches made from three additional stitches attached to the side wall of the previous stitch.
The Japanese Darning Stitch can be worked freehand or counted, like in the sample shown here. To work the stitch freehand or as a surface embroidery stitch, pre-mark the placement areas with water-soluble fabric marking pen or other transfer method.
While some people have a negative opinion of these pens, I feel they are a great addition to any embroidery workbasket, and use them in nearly every project. You can read more about the proper use of the pens and how to avoid problems commonly associated with these pens, as well as other common embroidery issues in the Embroidery FAQs section.
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.
Learn to work this interesting border or edging stitch known as the crossed buttonhole 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 hand embroidery project when worked as a band, or to secure appliques in place on a project. It can be worked free-style on the surface of your embroidery fabric, or as a counted stitch as shown here, to ensure accurate spacing.
This pretty stitch can be used as a curved or straight band of stitching, or use it to stitch appliques in place on your fabric.
This simple stitch is the first stitch learned by most sewing or embroidery enthusiasts. It can be used to stitch a broken or dashed line on a pattern, stitch fabrics together, or used in groups to create patterns as shown here in the sample. Variations on the stitch include double running and threaded running stitches, and working the stitch in patterned groups is common in darning stitch embroidery.
The rice stitch can be used as a scattered or engineered filling stitch, or in bands and borders.
It is worked similarly to standard cross stitch, with the exception of small diagonal stitches that are worked over the ends of each arm of the larger crossed stitch, shown here with spacing (stitch groups not touching, to show each stitch clearly).
Rice stitch can be worked as a counted stitch on linen or Aida embroidery fabric, or pre-marked on a plainweave fabric.