Double Pekinese Stitch Tutorial

Double Pekinese Stitch Tutorial

Double Pekinese Stitch sampleDouble Pekinese Stitch is of course a variety of Pekinese stitch. This stitch creates a heavy braid like line which can follow a curve well making it ideal as an edging or linear stitch. You work two lines of back stitch which is then threaded in a particular lacing pattern with a second contrasting thread.  As a threaded stitch it is quick to work so is ideal stitch choice if you need a thick line that is quick to work.

How to work Double Pekinese Stitch

Your first step is to work two foundation rows of back stitches in a fairly loose manner because the threading will tighten them. If you need a refresher on how to do back stitch check out my tutorial here.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 1

Threading Double Pekinese Stitch

When threading Double Pekinese Stitch use a blunt ended tapestry needle to avoid splitting the foundation stitches. As you thread do not pass the needle through the fabric.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 2Work from left to right.

Bring your needle out on the top left of the line.

Slide the needle under the two foundation stitches pointing the needle downwards.

Pull the thread through. Move along two foundation stitches, slide the needle under the stitch. With the needle tip pointed towards the top pull your thread through.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 3

Move back one stitch and slide your needle downwards under the stitch.

With the needle tip pointed towards the bottom pull your thread through.

Step by step tutorial on Double Pekinese Stitch 4Repeat this lacing process along the line. To create a neat line, tighten slightly after each threaded loop is created.

The sample of Double Pekinese stitch is worked in two threads of different colours so you can see how the stitch is made. You can of course use a single colour. The sample is worked in cotton perle #5.  To create extra interest with this stitch use your imagination with thread choice. Experiment with contrasts of texture and weight. You can lace with, fine cord, heavy yarn, a metallic, or a fine ribbon. As you can see Double Pekinese Stitch is an interesting stitch with loads of possible uses. I hope you enjoy it!


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  1. and here I thought Pekinese stitch was worked over a chain stitch! or maybe I have the name wrong… but I know I’ve worked the same lacing stitch over a chain stitch.
    can’t wait to play with this one; for some reason it is really firing my imagination! maybe I’m just ready to get back to handstitching 🙂

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