Shell Chain and Beaded Shell Chain Stitch Tutorial

I discovered Shell chain in Edith John’s Creative Stitches (p.43). It is a member of the chain stitch family and a form of double chain stitch which is a lot of fun to do. Below is a freeform sample worked in a variety threads including satin ribbon and hand knitting …

Reversed Buttonhole Bar Stitch

Reversed Buttonhole Bar creates a textured braid-like stitch that is great to use as a textured border or edging. You can use it as a linear stitch too, making it a very versatile stitch to add to the stitches you use. This stitch is also known as Buttonhole with an …

Buttonhole Picot — 2 Versions

Buttonhole Picot These are two versions of Buttonhole Picot Stitch that I use. The first version — and the one most often documented, has a picot made of a bullion stitch. The second version is easier to work, as the picot is made of three chain stitches. The second version interests …

Turkman Stitch

  Turkman stitch is simple and quick to work. You can use Turkman stitch as a linear stitch and as a filling. It will also follow a gentle curve. It is worked between two imaginary parallel lines down the fabric swinging back and forth, from side to side. Some people …

Fancy Hem Stitch tutorial

Fancy Hem Stitch is a simple quick stitch which I think people will enjoy. Crazy quilters I am sure will see immediately how useful it can be. Embroiderers will enjoy it not only in use on edgings but also work row upon row as a filling stitch. I first discovered …

Top Knotted Buttonhole

Top Knotted Buttonhole stitch is a variety of buttonhole stitch with a knot set at the top of each arm. Instead of working it in a straight line, you can vary the length of the arms to create patterns. You can use it as a couching stitch to hold down …

How to hand embroider Sailors stitch

I first discovered Sailor stitch listed as a border stitch in Jan Eaton’s The Complete Stitch Encyclopedia listed as a border stitch but have discovered it is extremely versatile. Sailor stitch can be used as an edging stitch that can be worked along the hem or edge of an item. …