Embroidery stitches

Embroidery stitches

Linen stitch is a term for different types of embroidery stitches that create an end product that resembles a piece of tabby woven cloth, also known as linen weave.

The link powdering stitch is a free style embroidery technique, whereby the ground material is partially covered with detached chain stitches. The stitches are normally worked in horizontal rows with the individual stitches placed in an off-set manner (alternating) over the space to be filled. This is done in order to give a ‘powdered’ effect.

A link stitch is a composite stitch used to create a decorative line. It consists of chain stitches that are worked as a knot, and linked to the next chain stitch with a simple straight stitch. The link stitch is also known as a knotted chain stitch.

The long and short square eyelet is a variation of an eyelet in which eight, individual stitches are set at 45 degree angles. Unlike the square eyelet, however, the length of the diagonal stitches is deliberately much longer than the vertical and horizontal stitches. GVE

The long and short stitch is a form of free style embroidery, often used for shading flower petals and bird feathers. The characteristic feature of this stitch is that the stitches of the first row are worked in such a way that they are alternately long and short. The stitches in the ensuing rows are all of the same length and fit into the first row.

The long chain stitch is a variation on a chain stitch, in which the loops created are much longer than ‘normal'. The length of the loop can vary considerably, depending on how it is used within a design and by which cultural group. This type of stitch is normally used for free-style embroidery. GVE

The long running stitch is a variation on a running stitch, the simplest form of embroidery stitch. A running stitch is where the needle ‘runs’ along the ground material. In a ‘normal’ running stitch each stitch created is more or less of equal length and only picks up one or two threads of the ground material between two stitches. A long running stitch is slightly different from the ‘normal’ version.

The long stem stitch is a variation on a stem stitch, in which the ‘body’ of the stitch is considerably longer than the overlap area at the beginning and end of the stitches.


The long-armed cross stitch is a canvas embroidery stitch, where one arm of the cross is much longer than the other. On the reverse side of the ground material the stitches form a series of short lines set at a right angle to the direction of the cross stitches on the obverse. The same stitch is sometimes called a long-legged cross stitch, twist stitch or plaited Slav stitch.

Matsuri-nui is the Japanese term for a common embroidery technique to express lines.

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