Algerian Eye stitch creates a decorative pattern and is often found on canvas work, pulled work embroidery and forms of counted thread work which means traditionally it is worked on evenweave fabric. The sample above is a mix of Algerian eye stitch and Algerian overlapping border stitch. It is worked on 18 cnt Aida cloth using wool, cotton perle #8 and stranded cotton floss
If you want to use Algerian Eye Stitch on regular dress fabric or on a crazy quilt block you can use waste canvas.
With Algerian Eye Stitch it is very easy to build up interesting design motifs and patterns using different arrangements of the stitch. Algerian Eye is a cousin to eyelet stitch which has numerous varieties. Often these varieties combine well with Algerian eye and can lead to endless experimentation leading to interesting patterns.
How to work Algerian Eye stitch
Algerian eye stitch is made up of straight stitches arranged in a square. Refer to the illustration and work each straight stitch into the centre hole by bringing your needle out on the edge of the stitch, and taking it back down into the central hole.
Work Algerian Eye Stitch with the fabric held under tension in an embroiderers hoop or on a needlework frame.
Often this stitch is used as filling
You can also work this stitch over beads. I particularly like using flat round beads with a large hole in the middle such as small donuts and heishi beads.
How to work the pulled version of Algerian Eye Stitch
You can also use Algerian Eye Stitch as pulled embroidery stitch. With each stitch tug the thread slightly so that the fabric distorts. The little tug pulls the fabric and creates the holes in the centre of each stitch. The more you pull the greater the central hole.
If you want emphasise the hole you can by gently poking the end of the knitting needle into the hole to widen it a little.
Have you seen my Stitchers Templates?
As someone who loves hand embroidery and crazy quilting I designed these templates with other stitchers in mind. With my Stitchers Templates you can create hundreds of different patterns to embroider on your hand embroidery and crazy quilting projects. They are simple to use, you can position them easily and they are compact in your sewing box.
Stitchers Templates set 1 you will find here
Stitchers Templates set 2 you will find here
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