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 …

Feather Stitch

Feather stitch is a wonderfully versatile, decorative, surface embroidery stitch. It is also known as single coral stitch, and briar stitch. Feather stitch is found extensively on traditional English smocks, Dorset embroidery and on crazy quilts. The traditional uses of feather stitch are easily given a contemporary twist particularly if …

Buttonhole Stitch

Buttonhole stitch, or blanket stitch as many people call it, is actually the foundation stitch for many varieties of buttonhole. This stitch is often used along the edge of projects — often blankets — hence the name. Never underestimate a stitch like buttonhole, as it is a marvellously versatile stitch. …

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. …

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 …