Brighton Stitch is worked in two colors and is comprised of an upright cross stitch in the first color, framed by a group of diagonal stitches in a second color.
When the stitches are combines as shown below, the stitch makes a really pretty, textured filling stitch. You can also use the stitches individually, or in rows to make an interesting band.
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Parisian Stitches are composed of long and short alternating vertical stitches. In the double versions which are often known as Old Florentine stitches, pairs of the two stitch lengths alternate. The stitch can be used as a solid filling, or to make textured stripes, rows and bands. Continue Reading “Parisian Stitch and Parisian Variations”
The Milanese Stitch is worked in diagonal rows or arrowhead-shaped stitches. Each stitch is made of four individual stitches, each getting progressively larger, being worked over one, two, three and four intersections of canvas. It can be worked in a single color, or in two or more colors by working each diagonal row in a different color. Continue Reading “Milanese Stitch”
The Lattice Stitch is a composite stitch. It’s made using an upright cross stitch worked over two threads, surrounded by diagonal stitches worked over two intersections.I have found it easier to work the diagonal framing stitches first, and then fill them with the colored, upright cross stitches. Continue Reading “Lattice Stitch”
The Chevron Stitch is an upright stitch worked in rows of varying lengths. The stitches are worked in up and down diagonal rows or waves and the stitch is often used in bargello projects. Use the stitch to fill an area, or in rows to make an interesting band. Use two or more colors in this stitch.
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The Byzantine Stitch is similar to a staircase or Moorish stitch, in that it is worked diagonally in steps of equally spaced groups of thread. This stitch looks fabulous as a background filling for a large area, and can also be worked in 2 or more colors. Continue Reading “Byzantine Stitch”
The Arrowhead Stitch is a highly-textured stitch using triangle-shaped areas that can be worked as a filling, or in bands and rows. There are several variations of the stitch – I’ve shown three of them below. Continue Reading “Arrowhead Stitch”
The Algerian Stitch is most commonly seen worked as an eyelet stitch, but there is also a plaited version that is similar to a fish bone stitch.
When working the Algerian stitch as an eye or eyelet, the stitch can be worked over any number of threads in the canvas. When worked over a single thread, the result is a very small star that has the illusion of a large center opening. When worked over two or more thread, it looks more like a double cross stitch with a small hole in the center. Continue Reading “Algerian Stitch and Variations”
The Starry Night stitch – sometimes known as the Milky Way stitch, looks fabulous when worked on dark sky areas of a canvas in white and a secondary color. It positively twinkles like a sky full of stars!
The starry night stitch is worked in horizontal rows, starting at the left and working to the right for odd numbered rows. Turn the canvas over to work the even-numbered rows in the opposite direction.
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Scotch Stitch is an easy-to-work stitch that has a wide variety of variations. This stitch can be used to add pretty textured fills to any shape in your needlepoint project. Many of the stitches can be worked in one, two or more colors, and have a very graphic look to them when worked in more than one color. Continue Reading “Scotch Stitch and Scotch Variations”