Stitch in Time: Coral Stitch

One of the oldest surface-embroidery stitches, the coral stitch is a versatile and widely used member of the popular knotted-stitch family with the French knot being the most famous. The coral stitch is also known as the coral knot, German knot, knotted, knotted outline, snail trail, and beaded stitch. (Occasionally it has also been referred […]

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The buttonhole stitch (Figure 1) was historically used to strengthen the cut edges of buttonholes but developed into a decorative surface-embroidery stitch with numerous variations by simply modifying the height, spacing, and angles of the legs and by adding additional stitches to and around the basic stitch. This stitch belongs to the large family of […]

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A Stitch in Time: Rosette-Chain Stitch

The rosette-chain stitch (Figures 1 and 2) belongs to the large chain stitch family because the working thread is looped on the surface of the background fabric and held in place by another stitch. Other better-known members of this family include the lazy daisy, chain, buttonhole, braid stitches, and all of their many variations. The […]

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A Stitch in Time: Rice Stitch

The distinctively textured rice stitch is a member of the very large cross-stitch family, and it has numerous variations. Historically, this easy decorative stitch has been known as the cross corners cross stitch, boss, squared boss, or William and Mary stitch. Also, the name rice stitch refers to a specific stitch in knitting. Some designers, […]

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A Stitch in Time: Smyrna Cross-Stitch

The Smyrna cross-stitch is another member of the large cross-stitch family and is a simple, dense, square, textured stitch worked over an even number of threads, usually four but two, six, or eight threads are not uncommon. It is considered a canvas or evenweave fabric stitch. Smyrna is the ancient Greek name for the city […]

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A Stitch in Time: The Roumanian Stitch

Researching the Roumanian stitch was very interesting but also confusing: This stitch has a number of aliases—Roman, Romanian, Rumanian (probably a typo), Roumanian couching, Roumanian filling, Bokhara couching, Chinese cross-stitch, oriental, laid oriental, oriental couching, figure couching, antique couching, upright cross-stitch variation, overlaid, couched satin, Janina, Indian filling, New England laid, and this may not […]

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PieceWork is thrilled to welcome Deanna Hall West back to our “A Stitch in Time” blog post series. Here are her latest four elegant embroidery stitches for you to try. Enjoy! —Editor The Bosnia and Barrier Stitches The Bosnia and barrier stitches are easy to sew, similar in appearance, and share aliases. The barrier stitch […]

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The Bosnia and barrier stitches are easy to sew, similar in appearance, and share aliases. The barrier stitch is basically the French version of the Bosnia. The Bosnia stitch is known by several additional names—Bosnian, Bosnian filling, barrier, fence, French fence, Yugoslav border, and zigzag Holbein stitch. It originated in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a present-day southern European […]

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A Stitch in Time: The Chevron Stitch

The definition of a chevron is two diagonal stripes meeting at an angle with the point up unless otherwise specified. In needlework, the word “chevron” is used to describe a stitch (embroidery), a particular pattern (needlepoint), or an overall shape. The chevron shape was used extensively in heraldic flags, banners, and woven tapestries. Thread a […]

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A Stitch in Time: The Queen Stitch

The complex, counted-thread queen stitch (American) is also known as the rococo (English) and renaissance stitches. It is commonly composed of a bundle of four to six Roman (French, Romanian or Roumanian, or Oriental) stitches arranged in a very specific manner, ultimately creating a distinctive diamond shape with small, evenly spaced holes at its outer […]

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