How to hand Embroider Wrapped Coral Stitch

Wrapped Coral stitch is also known as Coral knot with an extra wrap. It is a variety of Coral Stitch that produces a thick bobbly line for surface embroidery. Wrapped Coral is quick to work creating a knotted line that can be mistaken for a line of French knots. Wrapped Coral stitch follows a curve well and is great to use along the edge of items.

I go through phases of working this stitch then not using it often. I work this stitch for a while then I forget it, then I rediscover it and ask myself why I dont use it simply all the time.

I usually use a twisted thread such a cotton perle #5 and work the stitches close together so the knots look a string of beads.

How to work Wrapped Coral Stitch

wrapped coral stitch step 1Work this stitch from right to left and it is most effective if you work the knots close together.

Bring your thread out on the right hand side make a small coral knot. If you need a refresher on how to hand embroider coral stitch I have a tutorial here

wrapped coral stitch step 2Once you have made the first coral stitch, slide the needle under the bar of thread that sits to the right of the knot and take your thread through.

wrapped coral stitch step 3Take your thread around the knot. This is the ‘wrap’ and hence the name. Make another coral stitch and continue down the line.

 wrapped coral stitch step 4

Wrapped Coral Stitch is a quick effective linear stitch which has an interesting texture. It follows a curve well.

wrapped coral stitch step 5

I hope you enjoy experimenting with Wrapped Coral Stitch.

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9 Responses to How to hand Embroider Wrapped Coral Stitch

  1. Maureen Bond says:

    This neat looking stitch is also new to me. I’ll try it today.

  2. Hi Sharon,
    I like this stitch. my samples are detailed here-
    http://jizee6687.wordpress.com/category/tast-2013/24-72-wrapped-coral-stitch/
    Thank you,
    Chitra

  3. Carol Harper says:

    Speaking of little samples… this one is as little as it gets. But I figured it out and like it very much!
    http://210920746822434353.weebly.com/1/post/2013/07/take-a-stitch-tuesday-2013-stitch-72.html

  4. Pamela says:

    I’ve posted my sad little samples here – http://hokkaidokudasai.blogspot.jp/2013/07/tast-72-wrapped-scroll-stitch.html
    I think I need a lot more practice with this one!
    Thanks!

  5. Pam says:

    Thank you so much, Sharon, for giving us the opportunity to win a set of your ‘delicious’ stencils. I have been drooling……for a while now. What a wonderful invention for all of us CRAZY quilters. I’m always fretting over uneven stitches – but hate to make marks that might not be correct. These will totally solve my problems! Congratulations on a great idea. Pam Forristall – Fort Collins, CO

  6. Terry Whyte says:

    Have a look at 3 more samples, stitches 23 to 25 as well as my accordion style sample books.
    http://todayinkenogami.blogspot.ca/2013/07/take-stitch-tuesday.html

  7. Annet says:

    This stitch looks lovely, it’s new to me. Looking forward to give it a try.

    This morning your CQ stencils arrived, so I just had to play with them. I used chain stitch and slipped detached chain stitch:
    http://fat-quarter.blogspot.nl/2013/07/scallops.html
    Are you going to create a Flickr group for embroidery made with these stencils?

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