How to Hand Embroider Closed Herringbone Stitch

Closed herringbone is a variety of herringbone where the stitch is worked so closely together that it forms a line of crossed stitches. On the back of the fabric it will show a two lines of back stitches so it is also known as Double Backstitch. Another use for this …

Chained Bar stitch

Chained Bar Stitch Chained bar stitch forms a solid line, ideal for borders, or you can use it to couch down ribbons, tape or flat braids. Create the foundation of this stitch by first laying down some long straight stitches. Between two to six straight stitches in DMC pearl 3 …

Double Herringbone stitch tutorial

Double Herringbone version 1 is also known as Indian herringbone stitch. Work by first laying a foundation row of herringbone stitch. Work another row of herringbone. On every second stitch, slide the needle under the cross bar created by the first row of stitches. This means that the second row of …

How to embroider Beaded Buttonhole stitch

Beaded buttonhole is fun version of regular buttonhole – and there are lots of varieties to explore with this too. It is advisable that you know how to work regular buttonhole stitch before embarking on this variety. With this stitch the beading is done during the stitching process not added …

How to hand embroider Beaded Vandyke stitch

Beaded Vandyke stitch as the name suggests is a beaded version of the very popular Vandyke stitch. If you need  to jog your memory directions on how to work it are here. Regular Vandyke stitch is often used as a border which means the beaded version would make a nice edging on …

Twisted Chain Stitch or Rope Stitch

Twisted Chain stitch and Rope stitch are two very similar stitches. In fact Rope stitch (as seen in the stems of the floral motif above) is simply twisted chain stitch worked closely together in a compact manner along the line. This is an example of Twisted Chain that I worked …

Looped Cretan and Beaded Looped Cretan stitch

Looped Cretan Stitch I discovered Looped Cretan stitch in an old embroidery book by Edith John titled Creative Stitches. It is called Looped Cretan and the beaded version is my adaption which includes adding a bead. It is really useful to know the foundation stitch which is, of course, Cretan stitch. …