• Sunday , 24 September 2017

Algerian Stitch and Variations

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.

The Algerian stitch can be used as a filler, in bands and rows, or individually as a single stitch.

Algerian Stitch - Algerian Eye

Algerian Stitch – Small eye worked over one thread

Algerian Stitch - Large Eye

Algerian Stitch – Large eye worked over two threads

Algerian Eye - Alternating

Algerian Eye – Alternating

Plaited Algerian

Plaited Algerian Stitch

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  1. Faye Morrison
    May 27, 2015 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Wanting to learn how!! So happy I found this site!

  2. Vicki Weller
    August 16, 2015 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Great website and diagrams very clear and precise. I love all the adaptations that are included.

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