Running Stitch

Running stitch Running stitch is also known as quilting stitch and Darning stitch. You use the same hand motion to make all three, although you can vary the spacing of the stitches. Quilting stitch is usually worked with spacing are of the same length, and many quilters work very hard …

Couching Stitch

Couching is a wonderful technique that many embroiderers forget about, but it is easy to do and a wonderful way to use interesting textured novelty threads in your embroidery. You can create wonderful surfaces by couching down threads and then embroidering over the top of them. Combined with beads and …

Chain Stitch

Instructions on how to work chain stitch Chain stitch can be used to create a line. It is also known as tambour stitch and point de chainette. Bring the needle up through the fabric and hold the thread with the left thumb. Insert the needle as illustrated, so that the point emerges …

Detached Chain Stitch

Detached Chain is often one of the first stitches people learn. It is also known as daisy stitch, lazy daisy stitch, tall chain stitch, loop stitch, tied loop stitch, picot stitch and knotted knot stitch. But don’t let those names lead you into thinking that you can only make flowers …

Chevron Stitch

Chevron stitch is a decorative stitch used in surface embroidery and smocking. Some people consider it a basic stitch that you can use in numerous ways in hand-embroidered projects. The sample above is on a piece of crazy quilting and consists of a row of Chevron stitch worked either side …

Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone Stitch is an old favourite of mine and of many other stitchers. I think it is a very versatile crossed stitch. You can work it for a border, as a fill, or along a curved line. You can use it in various forms of surface embroidery and I have …

Cretan stitch

Cretan stitch  can be used in many decorative ways. With it you can fill a shape, create a border, create a line, or if you arrange rows of Cretan stitch in lines it makes a wonderful filling stitch to work within a shape. You can use it to couch down …