Split Stitch

Schematic drawing of a split stitch. Schematic drawing of a split stitch. Drawing by Martin Henze.

A split stitch (Fr: point fendu) is an embroidery technique that closely resembles the chain stitch. The split stitch is formed when the working thread, after a small straight stitch, is taken backwards underneath the ground cloth, but instead of coming up next to the thread on top (as in outline stitch and stem stitch), the point of the needle ‘splits’ the working thread, and the needle/thread is pulled through the split portion.

Also known as the Kensington outline stitch.

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, p. 186.


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