Knotted Cretan

I think Knotted Cretan stitch is one of my favourite stitches as you can easily work on  gradual curves well to create meandering lines in organic designs. Ordinary Cretan stitch is flat, this version is textured. The knots formed on the spine create texture and change the feel and look of the …

Butterfly Chain Stitch

Butterfly Chain Butterfly Chain stitch is a decorative composite stitch that is more versatile than it appears at first. You can easily overlook this stitch when browsing a stitch dictionary, but it is a lot of fun to work. And if you vary the threads, you can create lots of …

Bullion Knot Stitch

Bullion Knot Stitch People either love or hate bullion knots but I am in the love them camp! They are one of those hand-embroidery stitches that can be tricky to work so if you have trouble with them do take time to read my tips. Tips before you start Bullion …

How to hand embroider Half Chevron stitch

Half Chevron stitch is an interesting variety of Chevron stitch with one side of the stitch being worked with a similar hand motion. You can work this stitch on plain and even weave fabric in most types of embroidery thread. It makes a useful border or outline stitch, which follows curves well. …

Crossed Buttonhole Stitch

Crossed buttonhole stitch is an interesting variety of buttonhole. You can create patterns and interesting borders with this stitch. How to embroider Crossed Buttonhole Stitch You need to know basic buttonhole to work this stitch, as it consists of pairs of angled buttonhole stitches which are crossed. Work between two imaginary …

How to work Wheatear stitch

Wheatear stitch is a versatile easy stitch that is often used to depict wild grasses and wheat as in the sample above. In this sample various forms of wheatear are used. Wheatear consists of two straight stitches that are worked diagonally in a V like shape before a chain stitch laces …

French knots

French Knot Tips and Tricks A french knot is a difficult stitch for some people but I have a tip or two in this tutorial. I am putting them upfront so you notice them before they embark upon learning the stitch. Stitchers problem #1  Your knot pops through the fabric …