Vandyke Stitch tutorial

Vandyke Stitch is one of those useful hand embroidery stitches that many people don’t get around to exploring but it is well worth investigating. I admit that I don’t use it enough, but without fail every time I do I think to myself I should use this more! Vandyke stitch …

Woven Zig Zag Chain

Woven Zig-Zag Chain As the name implies, Woven Zig Zag Chain is based on zig zag chain. Follow the link to the tutorial if you need directions or just a quick refresher. Woven Zigzag chain stitch is a variety of chain stitch that creates an interesting pattern of woven stitches. You …

Zig-Zag Chain Stitch Tutorial

This stitch is called Zig-zag Chain Stitch but is also known as Vandyke chain stitch. Needless to say Zig-zag chain is a member of the Chain Stitch family. Zig-zag chain stitch is effective when worked alone or if you stack it sewn row upon row you can build up  patterns …

Wrapped Coral Stitch

Wrapped Coral stitch Wrapped Coral stitch is also known as Coral knot with an extra wrap. It is a variety of Coral Stitch that produces a thick bobbly line, ideal for surface embroidery. Wrapped Coral is quick to work, creating a knotted line that can be mistaken for a line …

Bullion Buttonhole Stitch

Bullion Buttonhole an interesting variety of buttonhole. This stitch consists of  buttonhole stitch where the upright bars are worked as a bullion stitches. Since it is based on buttonhole you can use it to edge items or as a interesting border. Bullion buttonhole can look very interesting if you thread a thin …

Crested Chain Stitch

Crested chain stitch is versatile and can be worked on both even weave and plain fabrics. I used this stitch to outline the paisley pattern on this Fabric postcard. Tip My tip is that when you first learn this stitch use a twisted thread, such as pearl cotton, as it …

How to Hand Embroider Buttonholed Double Chain

Buttonholed Double Chain  is an unusual variety that I found this variation of double chain in The Constance Howard Book of Stitches (p 106). This version of double chain is buttonholed and can feel messy and can feel a little awkward.  Once past the first few stitches it takes on a form, …