Outline Stitch

Outline stitch. Outline stitch.

With the outline stitch, the thread is taken forward on the surface of the cloth, then taken to the back and moved backwards and up again next to the thread on the surface.

The thread and needle are then again moved forward, so creating a series of overlapping stitches. Outline stitch is very similar to stem stitch, but the difference is that the working thread lies above the needle, while in stem stitch it is always below. The resulting line of stitching twists in a direction (S-direction) opposite to the stem stitch (Z-direction).

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, p. 154.

Digital source illustration (retrieved 30 May 2016)


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