Embroidery stitches

Embroidery stitches

The double chain stitch is a variation on the chain stitch, in which two stitches are worked side by side while interlocking with each other. The double chain is created by bringing the needle out at A and then inserting it at B. The needle is then brought out at C to create an open chain stitch. A similar stitch is worked to the left. The third stitch is worked by inserting the needle into the first chain just to the right of C and so on.

The double cross stitch is a composite stitch that combines an upright cross stitch with a 'normal' cross stitch that is worked on top. It is also known as the double straight cross stitch, and is worked almost in the same way as the Leviathan stitch (whereby the upright cross stitch is worked on top of the 'normal' cross stitch).

A double feather stitch is a variation on the feather stitch, in which two or more stitches are worked consecutively before the angle of the stitches changes to create the characteristic zig-zag effect. This type of stitch is used for free-style embroidery. It is also sometimes called a double coral stitch.

The double fly stitch is a variation on a fly stitch, in which two fly stitches are worked vertically very close to each other, often in different colours.

A double lazy daisy stitch, or double lazy stitch, is in fact a double or triple ring of lazy daisy stitches. After working a ring of lazy daisy stitches, another ring in another shade or colour is embroidered around it, and another ring may be worked around the second ring.

A double running stitch is a technique used for counted thread embroidery, in particular in blackwork embroidery and Assisi embroidery in Europe. The double running stitch consists of a simple running stitch worked in two journeys over the same line. The characteristic feature of this stitch is that it is identical on the front and the back of the ground material.

The drizzle stitch creates a form of knot comparable (but not identical) to a bullion stitch (bullion knot). The drizzle stitch is used in Brazilian dimensional embroidery.

The Dutch stitch is a composite stitch generally worked on canvas, which forms a six-pointed star. An elongated cross stitch is combined with a vertical straight stitch, sometimes in a contrasting colour. Also known as a Dutch cross stitch.

Economy stitch is a synonym for a one-sided satin stitch, whereby the embroidery thread is mainly used on the obverse of the cloth, rather than also covering the reverse as with the satin stitch. This stitch was chosen for economic purposes, since less thread is used than with the normal satin stitch.

The ermine stitch is used to fill areas and is worked by making a vertical straight stitch followed by a cross created across the vertical stitch, just above the base, making a sort of six-pointed star with three long arms on top and three short arms at the bottom.

An eyelet (or eyelet hole) is a hole that is pierced in the ground material with a stiletto or cut into the ground cloth. On the reverse of the fabric often a metal ring is attached that strengthens the edges of the hole. The hole is then normally outlined with running stitch and neatened with either an overcast stitch or buttonhole stitch.

The term eyelet hole is often used synonymously with eyelet. But it may also specifically be used for a stitch used in Hardanger work, whereby an exact square is formed by a large number of stitches being worked from a small central hole to the four edges of the square. Compare the Algerian eyelet.

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