Tulip Stitch or Slipped Detached Chain Stitch

Slipped Detached chain stitch sounds a mouthful but it is a simple and versatile stitch. Often called tulip stitch because that is what it can look like, it is one of those easy quick stitches that lends itself to variation. It is so simple people overlook slipped detached chain as a stitch to experiment with. …

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 …

How to hand Embroider a Buttonhole bar

Buttonhole bar is often used in traditional pulled and drawn needlework or in combination with needle weaving. However it is an underestimated stitch as if you use it in a freeform manner it is interesting, fun and I find it highly addictive! Buttonhole bar is also easier to sew than most people realise. …

Scroll Stitch

At first glance, Scroll Stitch does not look too exciting — but it is one of those stitches where you can use different threads creates to create all sorts of interesting effects from a braid-like stitch to a line of spaced knots. You can work it on a tight curve …

Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole Stitch

Let’s make twiggy bits! Up and Down Feathered Buttonhole stitch is ideal to use for thorny stems in floral sprays. This is a stitch I often use and I think most embroiderers and crazy quilters will particularly enjoy, as it makes marvellous twiggy bits — particularly if you treat them …

Diamond Stitch

I discovered Diamond stitch in Marion Nichols’ Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches. Even though Diamond Stitch is normally worked between to parallel rows it can be stacked or worked free form. As a stitch, it is versatile enough to produce some interesting effects, as the pattern it creates as you work …

Breton Stitch

Breton stitch is based on closed herringbone stitch, making it a member of the herringbone family. If you know how to work herringbone you will discover the working rhythm of the stitch much easier to establish. Breton stitch is also known as widow’s stitch. This stitch is easy and quick …