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Stitch Dictionary

This Stitch Dictionary of hand embroidery stitches enables you to learn and improve your hand embroidery skills with illustrated step by step tutorials. I also hope to share with readers how rich and diverse contemporary hand embroidery is and how many of the traditional stitches are being adapted and reworked for a contemporary setting.

Sharon B’S stitch dictionary on Pintangle - contemporary embroidery sample for stitch dictionary

A sample of Whipped Spoke Stitch used  in contemporary embroidery

Stitch Dictionary of hand embroidery stitches Index

AB . C . D . E .F . G . H . I . J . K . L . M . N . O . P . Q . R . S . T . U . V . W . X . Y . Z

A

Algerian Eye

Alternating Barred Chain

Alternating Buttonhole Stitch

Alternating Buttonhole Stitch Threaded see Threaded Alternating Buttonhole stitch

Alternating Buttonhole whipped see Whipped Alternating Buttonhole

Alternating Buttonholed Cable Chain

Alternating Chain stitch see Magic Chain Stitch

Alternating Cross Stitch

Alternating Double Chain Stitch

Alternating Feather stitch Beaded see Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch 

Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Ainu Running Stitch

Arrow stitch see Arrowhead stitch

Arrowhead Stitch

Arrowhead Stitch sample for stitch dictionary

A sample of Arrowhead Stitch used  in contemporary embroidery

Stitch Dictionary Index top

B

Back Stitch

Back Stitch: Beaded see Beaded Back stitch

Back Stitch: Diagonal Straight and Back

Back Stitch: Back Stitched Herringbone Laced 1

Back Stitch: Back Stitched Herringbone Laced 2

Back Stitch: Laced Back Stitch see  Threaded Back Stitch

Back Stitch: Threaded see Threaded Back Stitch

Back Stitch: Trellis see Back Stitch Trellis 

Back Stitch: Whipped see Whipped Back Stitch

Back Stitch: Whipped Zig-Zag Back Stitch see Zig-Zag Whipped Back Stitch

Back Stitch: Zig-Zag Whipped see Zig-Zag Whipped Back Stitch

Back Stitched Herringbone

Back Stitched Herringbone Laced 1

Back Stitched Herringbone Laced 2

Back Stitched spider’s web see Whipped wheel

Back Stitched Wheel see Whipped Wheel

Barb Stitch

Barb Stitch: Beaded see Beaded Barb Stitch

Barred Chain

Barred Chain Whipped see Whipped Barred chain stitch

Basque Stitch

Battlement Stitch 

Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch 

Beaded Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Beaded Back Stitch

Beaded Barb Stitch

Beaded Butterfly chain stitch

Beaded Buttonhole Stitch

Beaded Eastern Stitch

Beaded Feather and Chain Stitch

Beaded Feathered Chain Stitch

Beaded Fern stitch

Beaded Hedebo Edge

Beaded Herringbone

Beaded Knotted Buttonhole Band

Beaded Linked Chain Stitch

Beaded Lock Stitch

Beaded Long Tail Chain

Beaded Looped Cretan

Beaded Oyster Stitch

Beaded Shell Chain Stitch

Beaded Stitch see Coral stitch

Beaded Triangular Buttonhole Stitch

Beaded Vandyke Stitch

Beaded Wheatear Stitch

Belgian Cross Stitch

Berlin stitch see Cross Stitch

Berry Stitch

Berwick Stitch

Blanket stitch see Buttonhole Stitch

Blanket stitch up and down see Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Bonnet Stitch

Bouclé Stitch

Breton Stitch

Braid Stitch

Briar stitch see Feather Stitch

Broad Chain Stitch

Bullion Buttonhole Stitch

Bullion Knot

Bullion stitch see Bullion Knot

Bullion Vandyke stitch

Butterfly Chain

Butterfly Chain beaded see Beaded Butterfly Chain stitch

Buttonhole Bar

Buttonhole barb stitch see Barb stitch

Buttonhole disk see Buttonhole Wheel

Buttonhole Eyelet Flower

Buttonhole Flowers see Buttonhole wheel

Buttonhole Picot made with bullion knot (version 1)

Buttonhole Picot made with chain (version 2)

Buttonhole Rings see Buttonhole Wheel

Buttonhole Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Alternating

Buttonhole Stitch: Alternating Threaded see Threaded Alternating Buttonhole stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Alternating Up and Down

Buttonhole Stitch: Alternating Whipped see Whipped Alternating Buttonhole

Buttonhole Stitch: Barb stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Battlement Stitch 

Buttonhole Stitch: Beaded see Beaded Buttonhole Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Beaded Barb Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Beaded Alternating Up and Down Buttonhole

Buttonhole Stitch: Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch 

Buttonhole Stitch: Beaded Triangular Buttonhole

Buttonhole Stitch: Berwick Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Bonnet

Buttonhole Stitch: Bullion see Bullion Buttonhole

Buttonhole Stitch: Buttonhole Bar

Buttonhole Stitch: Closed see Closed Buttonhole

Buttonhole Stitch: Crossed buttonhole

Buttonhole Stitch: Detached Buttonhole

Buttonhole Stitch: Double Buttonhole

Buttonhole Stitch: Eyelet flower see Buttonhole Eyelet Flower

Buttonhole Stitch: Fancy Bobbin Edging

Buttonhole Stitch: Feather Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole

Buttonhole Stitch: Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole

Buttonhole Stitch: Knotted Buttonhole Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Mirrored see Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Picot

Buttonhole Stitch: Reversed Buttonholed Bar

Buttonhole Stitch: Rosette of Thorns

Buttonhole Stitch: Sailors Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Sailors Edge Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Threaded Alternating Buttonhole stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Top Knotted Buttonhole Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Triangular Buttonhole Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Buttonhole Stitch: Whipped Alternating Buttonhole

Buttonhole Wheel

Buttonhole Wheel Cup

Buttonhole with extra line see Reversed Buttonhole Bar

Buttonholed Cable Chain

Buttonholed Cable Chain Alternating

Buttonholed Double Chain Stitch

Buttonholed Herringbone

Bulls head stitch see Tete de Boéuf Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

C

Cable Chain Stitch

Cable Chain Stitch: Buttonholed Cable Chain

Cable Chain Stitch: Interlaced Cable Chain

Cable Chain Stitch: Knotted Cable Chain

Cable Chain Stitch: Slipped Cable Chain 

Cable Chain Stitch: Spiked Knotted Cable Chain

Cable Chain Stitch: Threaded Cable Chain

Cable Plait stitch see Braid Stitch

Cable Stitch see Cable Chain Stitch

Candlewicking Knot see Colonial Knot

Cast on stitch

Caterpillar stitch see Bullion Knot

Catch stitch see Herringbone Stitch

Chain and feather see Feather and Chain stitch

Chain Stitch:

Chain Stitch: Alternating see Magic Chain

Chain Stitch: Alternating barred chain

Chain Stitch: Alternating Double Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Barred chain

Chain Stitch: Barred Chain Whipped see  Whipped Barred chain stitch

Chain Stitch: Beaded Butterfly Chain

Chain Stitch: Beaded Link Chain

Chain Stitch: Beaded Shell Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Beaded Oyster Stitch

Chain Stitch: Berry Stitch

Chain Stitch: Braid Stitch

Chain Stitch: Broad see Broad Chain stitch

Chain Stitch: Butterfly Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Buttonholed Cable Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Cable Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Cable Chain Stitch Slipped 

Chain Stitch: Cable Plait Stitch see Braid Stitch

Chain Stitch: Checkered see Magic Chain

Chain Stitch: Crested Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Detached Chain

Chain Stitch: Double see Berry Stitch

Chain Stitch: Double see Turkman Stitch

Chain Stitch: Double Whipped see Double Whipped Chain 

Chain Stitch: Double Whipped 2 see Whipped Double Chain Stitch 2 

Chain Stitch: Double Zig Zag Coral stitch

Chain Stitch: Feathered Chain

Chain Stitch: Feather and Chain 

Chain Stitch: Interlaced Cable Chain

Chain Stitch: Knotted Cable Chain

Chain Stitch: Linked Chain

Chain Stitch: Linked Double Chain

Chain Stitch: Long Tail Stitch

Chain Stitch: Magic Chain stitch

Chain Stitch: Oyster stitch

Chain Stitch: Picot

Chain Stitch: Raised Chain Band V1

Chain Stitch: Raised Chain Band V2

Chain Stitch: Shell Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Slipped Cable Chain 

Chain Stitch: Spiked Knotted Cable Chain

Chain Stitch: Threaded Cable Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Triple Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Twisted Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Two coloured see Magic Chain

Chain Stitch: Waved Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Whipped Barred chain stitch

Chain Stitch: Whipped Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Whipped Long Tail Stitch

Chain Stitch: Woven Detached Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Zig Zag Chain Stitch

Chain Stitch: Zig Zag Coral Stitch Double

Chain Stitch: Zig Zag Chain Woven see Woven Zig-zag Chain

Chain Stitch:Woven Zig-zag Chain

Chained Bar Stitch

Chained Wheatear Stitch

Chain Braid Stitch see Braid stitch

Chained Cross Stitch

Chained Feather Stitch see Feathered Chain Stitch

Checkered Chain stitch see Magic Chain

Chevron Stitch:

Chevron Stitch: Half Chevron Stitch

Chinese Stitch see Pekinese Stitch

Chinese Cross Stitch

Closed Base Needlewoven Picot

Closed Buttonhole

Closed Herringbone Stitch

Cloud Filling

Coil stitch see Bullion knot

Colonial Knot

Convent stitch see Couching

Coral knot see Coral Stitch

Coral knot with extra wrap see Wrapped Coral Stitch

Coral Stitch

Coral Stitch: Wrapped Coral Stitch

Coral Stitch: Double Zig Zag Coral Stitch

Coral Stitch: Zig Zag Coral Stitch

Couching or Simple Laid Work

Couching Persian see Persian Border Couching

Crested Chain Stitch

Cretan Stitch:

Cretan Stitch: Beaded Looped Cretan Stitch

Cretan Stitch: Knotted Cretan Stitch

Cretan Stitch: Laced Cretan see Raised Cretan Stitch

Cretan Stitch: Looped Cretan Stitch

Cretan Stitch: Open Cretan Stitch

Cretan Stitch: Raised Cretan Stitch

Crewel Stitch see Stem Stitch

Cross Stitch:

Cross Stitch: alternating see Alternating Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch: Belgian Cross

Cross Stitch: Chained Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch: Chinese see Chinese Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch: Flower see Woven Cross stitch

Cross Stitch: Flower see Raised Cross Stitch Flower

Cross Stitch: Freeform

Cross Stitch: Half

Cross Stitch: Quarter

Cross Stitch: Raised see Raised Cross Stitch Flower Stitch

Cross Stitch: Rice stitch

Cross Stitch: Whipped see Raised Cross Stitch Flower

Cross Stitch: Woven see Woven Cross Stitch

Crossed Buttonhole Stitch

Crossed Corners see Rice Stitch

Crossed Feather Stitch

pulled Buttonhole wheel stitch sample 8

Beads, Buttonhole wheels, French Knots, Bullion Knots, and Whipped Wheel Stitches
Stitch Dictionary Index top

D

Daisy stitch see Detached Chain Stitch

Damask stitch see Satin Stitch

Darning stitch see Running Stitch

Detached Buttonhole

Detached Chain Stitch

Detached Chain Double see Berry Stitch

Diagonal Satin Stitch

Diagonal Straight and Back

Diamond Stitch

Disk Stitch see Buttonhole Wheel

Dot Stitch see Seed Stitch

Double Back stitch see Closed Herringbone Stitch

Double Buttonhole

Double Chain see Turkman Stitch

Double Detached Chain see Berry Stitch

Double Herringbone Stitch

Double Knot stitch see Palestrina Stitch

Double Lazy Daisy see Berry Stitch

Double Lock Stitch

Double Pekinese stitch 

Double Seed Stitch

Double Whipped Chain stitch

Double Zig Zag Coral stitch

Drizzle stitch 

Stitch Dictionary Index top

E

Eastern Stitch

Eastern Stitch Beaded see Beaded Eastern Stitch

Egyptian Buttonhole see Eastern Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole sample for stitch dictionary

Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch and Woven Detached Chain stitches on crazy quilting

F

Fancy Bobbin Edging

Fancy Hem Stitch

Fancy Herringbone Stitch

Feather and Chain Stitch

Feather Stitch:

Feather Stitch: Beaded Alternating Feather Stitch 

Feather Stitch: Beaded Feather and Chain Stitch

Feather Stitch: Crossed Feather Stitch

Feather Stitch: Feather and Chain 

Feather Stitch: Knotted Feather Stitch

Feather Stitch: Inverted Feather Stitch

Feather Stitch: Plaited Feather Stitch

Feather Stitch: Straight Sided Feather Stitch

Feather Stitch: Triangular Feather Stitch

Feathered Chain Stitch

Feathered Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Fern Stitch

Figure eight knot see Colonial Knot

Figure eight stitch see Raised Cretan Stitch

Fly Stitch:

Fly Stitch: Italian see Italian Border Stitch

Fly Stitch: Tete de Boéuf Stitch

Four Legged Knot Stitch

Freeform Cross stitch

French dot see French Knot

French Knot

Stitch Dictionary Index top

G

German knot stitch see Coral Stitch

Ghiordes Knot

Gordian Knot stitch see Braid Stitch

Grub knot see Bullion Knot

Guilloche stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

Half Chevron stitch sample for stitch dictionary


Half Chevron Stitch worked in hand dyed cotton perle #5

H

Half Buttonhole Wheel

Half Chevron Stitch

Half Cross Stitch

Heavy Chain stitch see Broad Chain Stitch

Hedebo Beaded Edge see Beaded Hedebo Edge

Herringbone Ladder Filling see Raised Cretan Stitch

Herringbone Stitch:

Herringbone Stitch: Back Stitched see Back Stitched Herringbone

Herringbone Stitch: Back Stitched Laced see Laced Back Stitched Herringbone Stitch 1

Herringbone Stitch: Back Stitched Laced see Laced Back Stitched Herringbone Stitch 2

Herringbone Stitch: Beaded Herringbone

Herringbone Stitch: Buttonholed Herringbone

Herringbone Stitch: Closed Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone Stitch: Double back see Closed Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone Stitch: Double Herringbone 1

Herringbone Stitch: Fancy Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone stitch: Laced see Laced Herringbone stitch

Herringbone stitch: Laced see Laced Back Stitched Herringbone Stitch 1

Herringbone stitch: Laced see Laced Back Stitched Herringbone Stitch 2

Herringbone Stitch: Raised Close Herringbone

Herringbone Stitch: Raised Herringbone Band

Herringbone Square

Herringbone Square Laced see Laced Herringbone Square

Stitch Dictionary Index top

I

Indian herringbone stitch see Double Herringbone Stitch (version 1)

Interlaced Band

Interlaced Cable Chain Stitch

Interlaced Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Interwoven Cross Stitch see Woven Cross Stitch

Inverted Feather Stitch

Isolated Back stitch see Double Seed Stitch

Italian Border Stitch

Italian Knot Stitch see Pistil Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

J

Stitch Dictionary Index top

K
Kikos Flower

Knot stitch see Bullion knot

Knotted Buttonhole Stitch

Knotted Buttonhole Band

Knotted Cable Chain Stitch

Knotted Chained feather stitch see Knotted Feather Stitch

Knotted Cretan Stitch

Knotted Cross Stitch see Four Legged Knot Stitch

Knotted Feather Stitch

Knotted Knot stitch see Detached Chain Stitch

Knotted Loop Stitch

Knotted stitch see Coral Stitch

Knotted stitch see French Knot Stitch

Kogin see Running Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

L

Lace Border Stitch

Laced Cretan Stitch see Raised Cretan Stitch

Laced Back Stitched Herringbone Stitch 1

Laced Back Stitched Herringbone Stitch 2

Laced Herringbone Square

Laced Herringbone stitch

Laced Pekinese

Laced Square Herringbone see Laced Herringbone Square

Ladder Stitch

Laid Work see Couching

Lazy daisy stitch see Detached Chain Stitch

Linked Chain Stitch

Linked Double Chain

Lock Stitch

Lock Stitch: Beaded Lock Stitch

Lock Stitch: Double Lock Stitch

Long Armed Palestrina see Palestrina Stitch

Long Armed Feather stitch see Cretan Stitch

Long Armed Fly Stitch see Fly Stitch

Long Legged Chain stitch see Long Tail Chain Stitch

Long Legged Palestrina see Palestrina Stitch

Long Tack Knot Stitch see Pistil Stitch

Long Tail Chain Stitch

Long Tail Chain Stitch Whipped

Loop Stitch see Detached Chain Stitch

Looped Cretan Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

M

Magic Chain Stitch

Mirror Work see Shisha Stitch

Mirrored Buttonhole see Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Mossoul stitch see Herringbone Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

N

Needlewoven Picot leaf see Closed Base Needlewoven Picot

Needlewoven Picot Open Base see Open Needlewoven Picot

Stitch Dictionary Index top

O

Old English knot stitch see Palestrina Stitch

Open Base Needlewoven Picot

Open Cretan Stitch

Open loop stitch see Fly Stitch

Outlined Satin Stitch

Oyster Stitch

Oyster Stitch: Beaded Oyster Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

P

Padded Satin Stitch

Palestrina Stitch

Pattern Darning see Running stitch

Pekinese Stitch

Pekinese Stitch Double see Double Pekinese Stitch

Pekinese Stitch Laced see Laced Pekinese

Persian Border Couching

Persian stitch see Cretan Stitch

Persian stitch see Herringbone Stitch

Picot Chain Stitch

Picot stitch see Detached Chain Stitch

Pistil Stitch

Plaited Feather Stitch

Plaited stitch see Herringbone Stitch

Point de chainette see Chain Stitch

Point de marque see Cross Stitch

Point de sable see Back Stitch

Porto Rico rose see Bullion Knot

Portuguese Knotted Stem Stitch see Portuguese Stem Stitch

Portuguese Border Stitch

Portuguese Stem Stitch

Post stitch see Bullion Knot

Pulled Buttonhole Wheel

Pulled Satin Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

Q

Quarter Buttonhole Wheel

Quarter Cross Stitch

Quilting stitch see Running Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

Rice stitch detail

Rice stitch worked in a freeform contemporary manner in a mix of threads on even weave linen

R

Raised Close Herringbone

Raised Chain Stitch V1

Raised Chain Stitch V2

Raised Cretan stitch

Raised Cross Stitch Flower Stitch

Raised Cup Stitch

Raised Herringbone Band

Raised Knot Stitch see Square Boss Stitch

Raised spider’s web wheel see whipped spiders wheel

Raised Spokes see Whipped Spoke Stitch

Reversed Buttonhole Bar

Ribbed Stitch see Whipped Spoke Stitch

Ribbed Wheel see Whipped Spiders Wheel

Rice Stitch

Rope stitch

Rosette of Thorns

Running Stitch:

Running Stitch: Ainu Running Stitch

Russian cross stitch see Herringbone stitch

Russian stitch see Herringbone Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

S

Sailors Edge Stitch

Sailors Stitch

Sampler stitch see Cross Stitch

Satin Stitch

Satin Stitch: Diagonal Satin Stitch

Satin Stitch: Outlined Satin Stitch

Satin Stitch: Padded Satin Stitch

Satin Stitch: Raised see Outlined Satin Stitch

Satin Stitch: Slanted see Diagonal Satin Stitch

Scroll Stitch

Seed Filling see Seed Stitch

Seed Stitch

Seed Stitch Double see Double Seed Stitch

Shadow Stitch see Closed Herringbone Stitch

Sheaf Stitch

Shell Chain Stitch

Siennese Stitch

Shisha Stitch

Single Coral Stitch see Feather Stitch

Single Feather Stitch see Feather Stitch

Single knotted line stitch see Scroll Stitch

Single Wheatear see Wheatear Stitch

Slanted Satin stitch see Diagonal Satin Stitch

Slipped Cable Chain Stitch 

Slipped Detached Chain Stitch

Smyrna stitch see Palestrina Stitch

Snail trail see Coral stitch

Sorbello Stitch

South Kensington Stitch see Stem Stitch

Spanish Feather Stitch

Spanish Knotted Feather stitch see Spanish Feather Stitch

Speckling Stitch see Seed Stitch

Spiked Knotted Cable Chain

Square Boss Stitch

Square Herringbone see Herringbone Square Stitch.

Square Herringbone accent stitch see Laced Herringbone Square

Square Laced Herringbone see Laced Herringbone Square

Stalk stitch see Stem Stitch

Star eyelet stitch see Algerian Eye

Star stitch see Algerian Eye

Stem Stitch

Stem Stitch Portuguese Stem Stitch

Straight Sided Feather Stitch.

String of Pearls see Coral Stitch.

Sword Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

T

Tall chain stitch see Detached Chain Stitch

Tambour stitch see Chain Stitch

Tete de Boéuf Stitch

Thorn Stitch 

Thorn Stitch see Knotted Feather Stitch

Threaded Alternating Buttonhole stitch

Threaded Back Stitch

Threaded Cable Chain

Tied coral stitch see Palestrina Stitch

Tied loop stitch see Detached Chain Stitch

Top Knotted Buttonhole

Trellis Stitch 

Triangular Buttonhole

Triangular Buttonhole: Beaded Triangular buttonhole

Triangular Feather Stitch

Triple Chain Stitch

Tulip Stitch see Slipped Detached Chain stitch

Turkey Knot see Ghiordes Knot

Turkman Stitch

Twilling Stitch see Palestrina Stitch

Twisted Chain

Twisted daisy border see Basque Stitch

Twisted daisy stitch see Basque Stitch

Twisted knot stitch see French Knot

Twisted Lattice Band

Twisted Satin Stitch

Twisted Satin Stitch with a bead

Twisted Zigzag Chain stitch see Spanish Feather Stitch

Two Coloured Chain Stitch see Magic Chain

Stitch Dictionary Index top

U

Up and down blanket stitch see Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch

Up and Down Buttonhole stitch

Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch Alternating

Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch Alternating Beaded

Up and down Buttonhole Stitch feathered

Up and Down Buttonhole Stitch Interlaced 

Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole

Upright Arrow stitch see Arrowhead stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

V

Vandyke chain stitch see Zigzag Chain Stitch

Vandyke Stitch

Vandyke Stitch Beaded

Vandyke Stitch with Bullion

Stitch Dictionary Index top

W

Wave Stitch

Wave Chained Stitch

Wheatear Detached see Wheatear stitch

Wheatear Stitch

Wheatear Stitch Beaded see Beaded Wheatear Stitch

Wheatear Stitch Chained see Chained Wheatear Stitch

Wheatear Stitch Whipped see Whipped Wheatear Stitch

Wheel stitch see Buttonhole Wheel

Whipped Back Stitch

Whipped Barred chain stitch

Whipped Chain

Whipped Cross Stitch see Raised Cross Stitch Flower

Whipped Double Chain Stitch

Whipped Double Chain Stitch 2 

Whipped Long Tail Chain

Whipped Spider’s Wheel see Whipped Wheel Stitch

Whipped Spoke Stitch

Whipped Wheatear Stitch

Whipped Wheel Stitch

Whipped Zig-Zag Back Stitch see Zig-Zag Whipped Back Stitch

William and Mary Stitch see Rice stitch

Witch stitch see Herringbone Stitch

Worm stitch see Bullion knot

Wound stitch see French Knot

Woven Chained bar

Woven Cross Stitch

Woven Detached Chain Stitch

Woven Leaf see Closed Base Needlewoven Picot

Woven Trellis Stitch

Woven Zig-zag Chain

Wrapped Coral Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

X

Stitch Dictionary Index top

Y

Y’ stitch see Fly Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

Z

Zig Zag Chain Stitch

Zig Zag Coral stitch

Zig Zag Spanish Knotted stitch

Zig Zag Stitch see Arrowhead Stitch

Zig-Zag Whipped Back Stitch

Stitch Dictionary Index top

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Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery book cover

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Feeling stale? Wondering how to add sparkle to your embroidery? I have aimed Creative Stitches for Contemporary Embroidery to be suitable for both beginners and seasoned embroiderers. It introduces techniques to encourage your creative interpretations of stitches. I guide you towards discovering play-points in your embroidery by varying the height and width; by stacking stitches; or by filling multiple rows with the same stitch. With creative variations and demonstrations of tiny tweaks, You will be ready to head off down your own creative path and, of course, illustrated with plenty of eye candy!

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Thread Twisties!


Experimenting with different threads can be expensive. You would normally have to buy a whole skein of each type of thread. So I have made up my thread twisties which are a combination of different threads to use in creative hand embroidery. These enable you to try out stitching with something other than stranded cotton. For the price of just a few skeins, you can experiment with a bundle of threads of luscious colours and many different textures.

These are creative embroiders threads. With them, I hope to encourage you to experiment. Each Twistie is a thread bundle containing silk, cotton, rayon, and wool. Threads range from extra fine (the same thickness as 1 strand of embroidery floss) to chunky couchable textured yarns. All threads have a soft and manageable drape so twisting them around a needle makes experimental hand embroidery an interesting journey rather than a battle.  Many are hand-dyed by me. And they are all threads I use. You may find a similar thread twist but no two are identical.

You will find my thread twisties in the Pintangle shop here.

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46 Comments

  1. When will the stitch dictionary book come out? Can’t wait as I suggested it a long time ago and think it will be very useful. I couldn’t access the Sur Gillies either, hope it gets fixed so we can read it. Thanks Sharon!

    Kim
    1. Lorri, Tammy and Sarah this was a faulty post sorry – I was trying to delete an old post from 2004 which no longer had an active link.I trashed it then when I wanted to do a last minute check on it I had to pull it out of the trash bin. I did not realise it would re-publish it. WordPress obviously decided that the world should know about my housekeeping! I am sorry it happened.

      sharonb
  2. After I originally left a comment I appear to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on every time a comment is added I get four
    emails with the exact same comment. There has to be a
    way you are able to remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!

  3. I have purchased your new book “The visual guide to Crazy Quilting design”. I just love it. I have also just purchased Set 1 & Set 2 of your templates. Do you happen to have a book containing all of the stitches in your stitch dictionary?

    MARY DUBIEL
    1. Hi Mary – thanks for your question – I am working on a stitch book now. It wont contain all that is online as they wont all fit in one book but it will certainly be a best of for contemporary embroiderers

      sharonb
    1. Hi Brenda – it is only available online at the moment – I am going to suggest it to my publisher but with it being free online they may not want to take the risk of publication

      sharonb
      1. I hope they’ll do it. I collect stitch bibles; each one brings something new and different to the table. Some of them even have progects or suggest motifs/ design elements that are suggested by (or show off) the different stitches or stutch types.

        Susan Farmer
  4. Wonderful what you can do with simple stitches!
    I love embroidering and expierience what you can do with all kinds of threads and trying stitches and how to use your piece of cloth.

    Geertje A. Westra
  5. I AM 80 YEARS OLD! I have been stitching at one thing or another for at least 73 years. My Italian mother taught me cross stitch and put me on to dresser scarves, hankies, tablecloths, pillow cases, etc. I learned many stitches from her and her friends. Well, she is gone but I still have a needle and thread and your dictionary has helped me with many projects over the past ten years. Congratulations and continued success.
    p.s. temari is my love now. They serve no function other than being beautiful and that’s not so bad either/

    Gloria
    1. Hey Sharon! I received an email discussing Sur Gillies Designs, but when I try to continue reading the post, it takes me to your stitch dictionary. I cannot find a way to finish reading more about the topic introduced in your email.

      Tammy Miller
  6. This has got to be the best website for Embroidery on the internet. Personally, I think it’s the best site ever – you gave such detail and pictures on how to do the stitches – it’s absolutely wonderful. Thank you for all your hard work.

    THERESA CHALONE
  7. Thank you so much Sharon! you are an amazing artist. I so appreciate the details and the colors that help me visualize and learn. I will be practicing a lot of these stiches this summer. What a great resource. Again Blessings to you to prosper in all you attempt.

    Norma
  8. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication; I know your stitch dictionary will be very handy to all stitchers. I had started collecting and printing your excellent tutorials for many of your stitches and filed them in notebooks.

    Patsie Blanchette
  9. I am beginning a new project that will require lots of embroidery and will test my meager skill. This is a resource that I will use often and with pleasure. It will make the learning so much more fun with this variety at my fingertips. I’m discovering stitches new to me with every click of my mouse. Thank you for making it available.

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