Les Designs - Embroidery

By: Les Designs  11-11-2011
Keywords: stitch

Feather stitch

Work a single feather stitch. The base of the first stitch forms the branch of the second stitch. Work a stitch to the left on the same level and then to the right. Continue working these two movements alternatively.

Chain Stitch

Bring the thread through the fabric. Hold the thread to the left making a loop shape. Re-insert the needle at the starting point, bring it out again a short distance away and take it over the loop of the thread. Pull through. Repeat the loop inserting the needle exactly where the thread came out, inside the previous loop. Chain stitch can be used as a filler if it is worked in continuous rows.

Always work in the same direction, beginning each new row at the same end.

Pekinese Stitch

Make foundation rows of back stitch in concentric circles. Work from the outside inwards, make loops sharing the back stitch bars, forming the petal- like shapes. Change colours beginning with the lightest shade on the outside.

Wheat Ear stitch

Think of the letter “Y” and then make a “Y”. Make 2 stab stitches for the upper V and come through at the base of the letter “Y". Now make a chain stitch using the back of the needle, looping under the two short stitches, thus completing the chain. Continue working the short arms with the chain stitch looped through them until the band is complete.

The Colonial Knot
  1. Pull the thread through the fabric. Place the needle under the thread, sliding the needle from left to right.
  2. Wrap the thread over the needle from right to left creating a figure eight.
  3. Insert the needle into the fabric close to where it emerged; pull the working thread taut with your left hand so that a firm tight knot is formed.
  4. Pull the needle to the wrong side of the fabric forming a colonial knot. Come up at the next dot.

The Basic Bullion Knot

The bullion knot is a long “sausage shaped” knot. Bring a small-eyed needle through the fabric. Pick up the fabric the distance required for the bullion knot but do not pull the needle through. Twist the thread several times around the needle. Holding the coils on the needle with your thumb, pull the thread through and insert the needle at the starting point to anchor the bullion knot. These knots may be worked individually or in a combination to form a rosebud.


As it is spring and autumn in the world, it would be a fine time to embroider red and brown autumn leaves or lime and evergreen spring leaves. A wonderful stitch to use is .. Romanian stitch.

This is satin stitch held down with a smaller, slanting stitch in the centre. The stitch can be worked very closely together or further apart.

Basic Buttonhole

This is an excellent stitch for decorative hand appliqué or patchwork because it is extremely versatile. It can be worked closed, open or radiated to form a circle. It can also be used to form buttonhole bars or scalloped edges.

Bring the needle above and to the right of the first stitch with the thread held under the needle. Pull through downwards.


This technique can be used in linear work or as a solid filling. Threads are laid down on the surface of the fabric and held in place with another thread. Any type of thread may be couched. Contrast colours can be used and many different holding stitches are suitable, including cross stitch, herringbone, straight stitch, fly stitch and detached chain. When couching in a circle, try and create a rhythm with the holding stitches by controlling the pattern made by the stitches.

Use the couching thread (holding thread) and begin with a back stitch. Pull the thread through to the front of the work at A, make a small stitch over the laid thread at B and pull through to the back. Continue until the couching is complete and end with a back stitch. The spacing will depend on the type of top thread being laid down.

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