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« on: May 14, 2011 05:53:12 PM »


Another lovely stitch that is easy to pick up!

Stem stitch gives a nice coiled texture to your work. It's perfect for vines, flowers, stems but don't stop there. Experiment!

Pick out your fabric and frame it. Then, choose your color of choice as well as a needle.

Step 1

(I drew the line so that you could follow my stitching. You can totally freestyle this stitch!)

Pull your thread up through the back of the fabric. You will be working from left to right if you are right handed, reverse if you are a southpaw. Smiley


Step 2

Consider the length of your desired stitch and put the needle into your fabric at that point.


You will feel like you are working backwards at this point because you are! Smiley

Bring the needle back out of the fabric at about midway of the stitch that you just made.

Step 3

Pull thread through. Using the first stitch as a gauge, you are now working in "half" stitches as the first half of your current stitch is coming out from the mid point of that first stitch.


Step 4

Place needle into fabric at fabric so that the end of the first stitch is halfway between where your needle is located and where your thread is coming out of the fabric.


After about 4-5 stitches, you will begin to see the twist in your "coil".



I can't get around curves without my stitching looking more angular than smooth.

      Take smaller stitches around the curve, especially tight ones.

My "coil" looks uneven!

     This is a stitch length issue. With practice and patience, it will work itself out. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2011 07:31:37 AM »

This is by far my favorite stitch! Thanks so much for the tutorial! Well done! Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2011 10:43:36 AM »

Thank you so much for your tutorials.

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