Fly Stitch

Fly stitch is a simple stitch that can be used for many things, such as in the sample above. In this piece of contemporary embroidery, I worked fly stitch in stranded cotton floss, perle #8 cotton, perle #12 cotton over layers of chiffon and net to produce a watery effect. …

Picot chain stitch tutorial

Picot Chain Stitch is an interesting variety of chain stitch that can be used as a linear stitch. Picot simply means knot or loop. This version has a picot on each chain stitch creating a slight ridge down the side of the line. In order to work this stitch it is …

Raised Close Herringbone Stitch

Raised Close Herringbone The Raised Close Herringbone stitch is usually worked in the shape of leaves and incorporated in floral sprays. It is a self-padding stitch which adds texture and interest to a spray.  I recommend using a blunt tapestry needle when working Raised Close Herringbone Stitch. This avoids splitting …

Waved Chain Stitch Tutorial

I discovered Waved chain stitch  in Edith John’s Creative stitches (p.44) It is a member of the chain stitch family and another form of Triple chain stitch. Waved chain stitch can be easily worked in a circle or you can emphasise the wave effect by angling the needle further left …

Sword Stitch Tutorial

Sword stitch is a simple easy stitch to work which is classified as an isolated stitch. Its simplicity means your experiments can take you in different directions. Obviously you can work Sword stitch as an isolated stitch but arranging it in patterns or lines can take the stitch off in anther …