Stitch Dictionary

This Stitch Dictionary of hand embroidery stitches enables you to learn and improve your hand embroidery skills with illustrated step by step tutorials. I also hope to share with readers how rich and diverse contemporary hand embroidery is and how many of the traditional stitches are being adapted and reworked for a contemporary setting.

Whipped Spoke Stitch in contemporary embroidery sample for stitch dictionary

A sample of Whipped Spoke Stitch used  in contemporary embroidery

Stitch Dictionary of hand embroidery stitches Index

AB . C . D . E .F . G . H . I . J . K . L . M . N . O . P . Q . R . S . T . U . V . W . X . Y . Z

A

Algerian Eye:
Alternating Barred Chain
Alternating Buttonholed Cable Chain
Alternating Cross Stitch
Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
Arrow stitch see Arrowhead stitch
Arrowhead Stitch

Arrowhead Stitch sample for stitch dictionary

A sample of Arrowhead Stitch used  in contemporary embroidery

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B

Back Stitch
Back Stitch beaded see Beaded Back stitch
Back Stitched spider’s web see Whipped wheel
Back Stitched Wheel see Whipped Wheel
Barb Stitch
Barb Stitch Beaded see Beaded Barb Stitch
Barred Chain
Basque Stitch
Beaded Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
Beaded Back Stitch
Beaded Barb Stitch
Beaded Butterfly chain stitch
Beaded Buttonhole Stitch
Beaded Eastern Stitch
Beaded Feathered Chain Stitch
Beaded Fern stitch
Beaded Hedebo Edge
Beaded Herringbone
Beaded Knotted Buttonhole Band
Beaded Linked Chain Stitch
Beaded Lock Stitch
Beaded Long Tail Chain
Beaded Looped Cretan
Beaded Oyster Stitch
Beaded Shell Chain Stitch
Beaded Stitch see Coral stitch
Beaded Triangular Buttonhole Stitch
Beaded Vandyke Stitch
Berlin stitch see Cross Stitch
Berry Stitch
Blanket stitch see Buttonhole Stitch
Blanket stitch up and down see Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
Bonnet Stitch
Breton Stitch
Briar stitch see Feather Stitch
Bullion Buttonhole Stitch
Bullion Knot
Bullion stitch see Bullion Knot
Bullion Vandyke stitch
Butterfly Chain
Butterfly Chain beaded see Beaded Butterfly Chain stitch
Buttonhole Bar
Buttonhole barb stitch see Barb stitch
Buttonhole disk see Buttonhole Wheel
Buttonhole Eyelet Flower
Buttonhole Flowers see Buttonhole wheel
Buttonhole Picot made with bullion knot (version 1)
Buttonhole Picot made with chain (version 2)
Buttonhole Rings see Buttonhole Wheel
Buttonhole Stitch
Buttonhole Stitch: Alternating Up and Down
Buttonhole Stitch: Barb stitch
Buttonhole Stitch: Beaded see Beaded Buttonhole Stitch
Buttonhole Stitch: Beaded Barb Stitch
Buttonhole Stitch: Beaded Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole
Buttonhole Stitch: Beaded Triangular Buttonhole
Buttonhole Stitch: Bonnet
Buttonhole Stitch: Bullion see Bullion Buttonhole
Buttonhole Stitch: Buttonhole Bar
Buttonhole Stitch: Crossed buttonhole
Buttonhole Stitch: Eyelet flower see Buttonhole Eyelet Flower
Buttonhole Stitch: Fancy Bobbin Edging
Buttonhole Stitch: Feather Stitch
Buttonhole Stitch: Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole
Buttonhole Stitch: Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole
Buttonhole Stitch: Knotted Buttonhole Stitch
Buttonhole Stitch: Mirrored see Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
Buttonhole Stitch: Picot
Buttonhole Stitch: Reversed Buttonholed Bar
Buttonhole Stitch: Sailors Stitch
Buttonhole Stitch: Sailors Edge Stitch
Buttonhole Stitch: Top Knotted Buttonhole Stitch
Buttonhole Stitch: Triangular Buttonhole Stitch
Buttonhole Stitch: Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
Buttonhole Wheel
Buttonhole Wheel Cup
Buttonhole with extra line see Reversed Buttonhole Bar
Buttonholed Cable Chain
Buttonholed Cable Chain Alternating
Buttonholed Double Chain Stitch
Buttonholed Herringbone

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C

Cable Chain Stitch
Cable Chain Stitch: Buttonholed Cable Chain
Cable Chain Stitch: Interlaced Cable Chain
Cable Chain Stitch: Knotted Cable Chain
Cable Chain Stitch: Threaded Cable Chain
Cable Stitch see Cable Chain Stitch
Candlewicking Knot see Colonial Knot
Cast on stitch
Caterpillar stitch see Bullion Knot
Catch stitch see Herringbone Stitch
Chain Stitch:
Chain Stitch: Alternating barred chain
Chain Stitch: Barred chain
Chain Stitch: Beaded Butterfly Chain
Chain Stitch: Beaded Shell Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch: Beaded Oyster Stitch
Chain Stitch: Berry Stitch
Chain Stitch: Butterfly Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch: Buttonholed Cable Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch: Cable Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch: Crested Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch: Detached Chain
Chain Stitch: Double see Berry Stitch
Chain Stitch: Feathered Chain
Chain Stitch: Interlaced Cable Chain
Chain Stitch: Knotted Cable Chain
Chain Stitch: Linked Double Chain
Chain Stitch: Long Tail Stitch
Chain Stitch: Magic Chain stitch
Chain Stitch: Oyster stitch
Chain Stitch: Raised Chain Band V1
Chain Stitch: Raised Chain Band V2
Chain Stitch: Shell Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch: Spiked Knotted Cable Chain
Chain Stitch: Threaded Cable Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch: Triple Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch: Twisted Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch: Whipped Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch: Whipped Long Tail Stitch
Chain Stitch: Woven Detached Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch: Zig Zag Chain Stitch
Chained Bar Stitch
Chained Cross Stitch
Chained Feather Stitch see Feathered Chain Stitch
Checkered Chain stitch see Magic Chain
Chevron Stitch:
Chevron Stitch: Half Chevron Stitch
Chinese Stitch see Pekinese Stitch
Closed Base Needlewoven Picot
Closed Herringbone Stitch
Cloud Filling
Coil stitch see Bullion knot
Colonial Knot
Convent stitch see Couching
Coral knot see Coral Stitch
Coral knot with extra wrap see Wrapped Coral Stitch
Coral Stitch
Coral Stitch: Wrapped Coral Stitch
Coral Stitch: Zig Zag Coral Stitch
Couching or Simple Laid Work:
Crested Chain Stitch
Cretan Stitch:
Cretan Stitch: Beaded Looped Cretan Stitch
Cretan Stitch: Knotted Cretan Stitch
Cretan Stitch: Looped Cretan Stitch
Cretan Stitch: Open Cretan Stitch
Cretan Stitch: Raised Cretan Stitch
Crewel Stitch see Stem Stitch
Cross Stitch:
Cross Stitch: alternating see Alternating Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch: Chained Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch: Flower see Woven Cross stitch
Cross Stitch: Flower see Raised Cross Stitch Flower
Cross Stitch: Half
Cross Stitch: Quarter
Cross Stitch: Raised see Raised Cross Stitch Flower Stitch
Cross Stitch: Rice stitch
Cross Stitch: Whipped see Raised Cross Stitch Flower
Cross Stitch: Woven see Woven Cross Stitch
Crossed Buttonhole Stitch
Crossed Corners see Rice Stitch
Crossed Feather Stitch

pulled Buttonhole wheel stitch sample 8

Beads, Buttonhole wheels, French Knots, Bullion Knots, and Whipped Wheel Stitches

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D

Daisy stitch see Detached Chain Stitch
Damask stitch see Satin Stitch
Darning stitch see Running Stitch
Detached Chain Stitch
Detached Chain Double see Berry Stitch
Diagonal Satin Stitch
Diamond Stitch
Disk Stitch see Buttonhole Wheel
Double Back stitch see Closed Herringbone Stitch
Double Detached Chain see Berry Stitch
Double Herringbone Stitch
Double Knot stitch see Palestrina Stitch
Double Lazy Daisy see Berry Stitch
Double Lock Stitch

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E

Eastern Stitch
Eastern Stitch Beaded see Beaded Eastern Stitch
Egyptian Buttonhole see Eastern Stitch

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Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole sample for stitch dictionary

Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch and Woven Detached Chain stitches on crazy quilting

F

Fancy Bobbin Edging
Fancy Hem Stitch
Fancy Herringbone Stitch
Feather Stitch:
Feather Stitch: Crossed Feather Stitch
Feather Stitch: Knotted Feather Stitch
Feather Stitch: Inverted Feather Stitch
Feather Stitch: Plaited Feather Stitch
Feather Stitch: Straight Sided Feather Stitch
Feather Stitch: Triangular Feather Stitch
Feathered Chain Stitch
Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
Fern Stitch
Figure eight knot see Colonial Knot
Fly Stitch:
Fly Stitch: Italian see Italian Border Stitch
French dot see French Knot
French Knot

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G

German knot stitch see Coral Stitch
Grub knot see Bullion Knot

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Half Chevron stitch sample for stitch dictionary
Half Chevron Stitch worked in hand dyed cotton perle #5

H

Half Buttonhole Wheel
Half Chevron Stitch
Half Cross Stitch
Hedebo Beaded Edge see Beaded Hedebo Edge
Herringbone:
Herringbone Stitch: Beaded Herringbone
Herringbone Stitch: Buttonholed Herringbone
Herringbone Stitch: Closed Herringbone Stitch
Herringbone Stitch: Double back see Closed Herringbone Stitch
Herringbone Stitch: Double Herringbone 1
Herringbone Stitch: Fancy Herringbone Stitch
Herringbone Stitch: Raised Herringbone Band
Herringbone Square

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I

Indian herringbone stitch see Double Herringbone Stitch (version 1)
Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch
Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
Interwoven Cross Stitch see Woven Cross Stitch
Inverted Feather Stitch
Italian Border Stitch
Italian Knot Stitch see Pistil Stitch

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J

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K
Kikos Flower
Knot stitch see Bullion knot
Knotted Buttonhole Stitch
Knotted Buttonhole Band
Knotted Cable Chain Stitch
Knotted Chained feather stitch see Knotted Feather Stitch
Knotted Cretan Stitch
Knotted Feather Stitch
Knotted Knot stitch see Detached Chain Stitch
Knotted Loop Stitch
Knotted stitch see Coral Stitch
Knotted stitch see French Knot Stitch
Kogin see Running Stitch

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L

Laced Herringbone Square
Laid Work see Couching
Lazy daisy stitch see Detached Chain Stitch
Linked Chain Stitch
Linked Double Chain
Lock Stitch
Lock Stitch: Beaded Lock Stitch
Lock Stitch: Double Lock Stitch
Long Armed Palestrina see Palestrina Stitch
Long Armed Feather stitch see Cretan Stitch
Long Armed Fly Stitch see Fly Stitch
Long Legged Chain stitch see Long Tail Chain Stitch
Long Legged Palestrina see Palestrina Stitch
Long Tack Knot Stitch see Pistil Stitch
Long Tail Chain Stitch
Long Tail Chain Stitch Whipped
Loop Stitch see Detached Chain Stitch
Looped Cretan Stitch

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M

Magic Chain Stitch
Mirrored Buttonhole see Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
Mossoul stitch see Herringbone Stitch

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N

Needlewoven Picot leaf see Closed Base Needlewoven Picot
Needlewoven Picot Open Base see Open Needlewoven Picot

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O

Old English knot stitch see Palestrina Stitch
Open Base Needlewoven Picot
Open Cretan Stitch
Open loop stitch see Fly Stitch
Outlined Satin Stitch
Oyster Stitch
Oyster Stitch: Beaded Oyster Stitch

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P

Padded Satin Stitch
Palestrina Stitch
Pattern Darning see Running stitch
Pekinese Stitch
Persian stitch see Cretan Stitch
Persian stitch see Herringbone Stitch
Picot stitch see Detached Chain Stitch
Pistil Stitch
Plaited Feather Stitch
Plaited stitch see Herringbone Stitch
Point de chainette see Chain Stitch
Point de marque see Cross Stitch
Point de sable see Back Stitch
Porto Rico rose see Bullion Knot
Portuguese Knotted Stem Stitch see Portuguese Stem Stitch
Portuguese Border Stitch
Portuguese Stem Stitch
Post stitch see Bullion Knot
Pulled Buttonhole Wheel
Pulled Satin Stitch

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Q

Quarter Buttonhole Wheel
Quarter Cross Stitch
Quilting stitch see Running Stitch

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Rice stitch detail

Rice stitch worked in a freeform contemporary manner in a mix of threads on even weave linen

R

Raised Chain Stitch V1
Raised Chain Stitch V2
Raised Cretan stitch
Raised Cross Stitch Flower Stitch
Raised Cup Stitch
Raised Herringbone Band
Raised Knot Stitch see Square Boss Stitch
Raised spider’s web wheel see whipped spiders wheel
Raised Spokes see Whipped Spoke Stitch
Reversed Buttonhole Bar
Ribbed Stitch see Whipped Spoke Stitch
Ribbed Wheel see Whipped Spiders Wheel
Rice Stitch
Rope stitch
Running Stitch:
Russian cross stitch see Herringbone stitch
Russian stitch see Herringbone Stitch

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S

Sailors Edge Stitch
Sailors Stitch
Sampler stitch see Cross Stitch
Satin Stitch
Satin Stitch: Diagonal Satin Stitch
Satin Stitch: Outlined Satin Stitch
Satin Stitch: Padded Satin Stitch
Satin Stitch: Raised see Outlined Satin Stitch
Satin Stitch: Slanted see Diagonal Satin Stitch
Scroll Stitch
Shadow Stitch see Closed Herringbone Stitch
Sheaf Stitch
Shell Chain Stitch
Siennese Stitch
Single Coral Stitch see Feather Stitch
Single Feather Stitch see Feather Stitch
Single knotted line stitch see Scroll Stitch
Single Wheatear see Wheatear Stitch
Slanted Satin stitch see Diagonal Satin Stitch
Slipped Detached Chain Stitch
Smyrna stitch see Palestrina Stitch
Snail trail see Coral stitch
Sorbello Stitch
South Kensington Stitch see Stem Stitch
Spanish Feather Stitch
Spanish Knotted Feather stitch see Spanish Feather Stitch
Spiked Knotted Cable Chain
Square Boss Stitch
Square Herringbone see Herringbone Square Stitch
Stalk stitch see Stem Stitch
Star eyelet stitch see Algerian Eye
Star stitch see Algerian Eye
Stem Stitch
Straight Sided Feather Stitch
String of Pearls see Coral Stitch
Stroke stitch see Straight stitch

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T

Tall chain stitch see Detached Chain Stitch
Tambour stitch see Chain Stitch
Thorn Stitch see Knotted Feather Stitch
Threaded Cable Chain
Tied coral stitch see Palestrina Stitch
Tied loop stitch see Detached Chain Stitch
Top Knotted Buttonhole
Triangular Buttonhole
Triangular Buttonhole: Beaded Triangular buttonhole
Triangular Feather Stitch
Triple Chain Stitch
Tulip Stitch see Slipped Detached Chain stitch
Turkman Stitch
Twilling Stitch see Palestrina Stitch
Twisted Chain
Twisted daisy border see Basque Stitch
Twisted daisy stitch see Basque Stitch
Twisted knot stitch see French Knot
Twisted Lattice Band
Twisted Satin Stitch
Twisted Satin Stitch with a bead
Twisted Zigzag Chain stitch see Spanish Feather Stitch

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U

Up and down blanket stitch see Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch
Up and Down Buttonhole stitch
Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch Alternating
Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch Alternating Beaded
Up and down Buttonhole Stitch feathered
Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch Interlaced 
Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole
Upright Arrow stitch see Arrowhead stitch

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V

Vandyke chain stitch see Zigzag Chain Stitch
Vandyke Stitch
Vandyke Stitch Beaded
Vandyke Stitch with Bullion

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W

Wheatear Detached see Wheatear stitch
Wheatear Stitch
Wheel stitch see Buttonhole Wheel
Whipped Chain Version 1
Whipped Chain Version 2
Whipped Cross Stitch see Raised Cross Stitch Flower
Whipped Double Chain Stitch
Whipped Long Tail Chain
Whipped Spider’s Wheel see Whipped Wheel Stitch
Whipped Spoke Stitch
Whipped Wheel Stitch
William and Mary Stitch see Rice stitch
Witch stitch see Herringbone Stitch
Worm stitch see Bullion knot
Wound stitch see French Knot
Woven Chained bar
Woven Cross Stitch
Woven Detached Chain Stitch
Woven Leaf see Closed Base Needlewoven Picot
Woven Trellis Stitch
Woven Zig-zag Chain
Wrapped Coral Stitch

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X

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Y

Y’ stitch see Fly Stitch

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Z

Zig Zag Chain Stitch
Zig Zag Coral stitch
Zig Zag Stitch see Arrowhead Stitch

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22 Responses to Stitch Dictionary

  1. Gloria says:

    I AM 80 YEARS OLD! I have been stitching at one thing or another for at least 73 years. My Italian mother taught me cross stitch and put me on to dresser scarves, hankies, tablecloths, pillow cases, etc. I learned many stitches from her and her friends. Well, she is gone but I still have a needle and thread and your dictionary has helped me with many projects over the past ten years. Congratulations and continued success.
    p.s. temari is my love now. They serve no function other than being beautiful and that’s not so bad either/

  2. THERESA CHALONE says:

    This has got to be the best website for Embroidery on the internet. Personally, I think it’s the best site ever – you gave such detail and pictures on how to do the stitches – it’s absolutely wonderful. Thank you for all your hard work.

  3. Chris says:

    Thank you so much for this and All your tutorials! I am re-learning stitches from years ago and hope to add new ones as well! This is such a treasure!!

  4. Lilliana Gold says:

    You have provided treasure for any who access your stitch dictionary and I am sending you many , many Thanks for making it available.

  5. Dulce Salvi says:

    Os mais lindos bordados! Você é uma verdadeira artista. Parabéns!

  6. Karen says:

    Just found this site. So much wonderful information.

  7. Wow girl just found this dictionary, I gotta get busy. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful talents xoxo

  8. TEREZA says:

    Sharon, the link does not work Vandyke Stitch with Bullion.

  9. This is the best guide I have EVERYTHING seen on the vast array of stitches! Thank you so much!

  10. Carla Fiedler says:

    Wonderful! Thanks so much for all the work you put into this stitch dictionary!

  11. This is a fantastic resource and your love of stitchery really shows through.

  12. Norma says:

    Thank you so much Sharon! you are an amazing artist. I so appreciate the details and the colors that help me visualize and learn. I will be practicing a lot of these stiches this summer. What a great resource. Again Blessings to you to prosper in all you attempt.

  13. Patsie Blanchette says:

    Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication; I know your stitch dictionary will be very handy to all stitchers. I had started collecting and printing your excellent tutorials for many of your stitches and filed them in notebooks.

  14. Bev says:

    This is an amazing amount of work and beautiful pictures which makes it easier to see what you are doing, thank you. I’ll be practicing stitches this summer.

  15. Nancy Page says:

    This is fantastic! Thank you so very much for this awesome reference! Super great idea!
    Have a super great sewing and stitching day!

  16. Matistsat says:

    Thank you Sharon for your so useful work … Beautifully made … Bizzzz from Provence

  17. Pam Foster says:

    Sharon thank you, the stitch dictionary is brilliant you have put so much work into producing it. I shall enjoy using it as will many others.

  18. Anne says:

    This is wonderful Sharon! You’re such a generous, tireless and organised woman. Thank you, again.
    Anne

  19. Judy says:

    I am beginning a new project that will require lots of embroidery and will test my meager skill. This is a resource that I will use often and with pleasure. It will make the learning so much more fun with this variety at my fingertips. I’m discovering stitches new to me with every click of my mouse. Thank you for making it available.

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