Embroidery stitches

Embroidery stitches

The broad stem stitch is a composite stitch that includes two vertical rows of diagonal straight stitches arranged opposite each other creating a V-shape. Between the two rows a row of backstitches is worked, often in a different colour.

Bullion stitch is a decorative technique that is worked by twisting a thread around a sewing needle several times before inserting the needle into the cloth. Short bullion stitches are sometimes called bullion knots.

The butterfly chain stitch is a composite stitch that includes three vertical straight stitches brought together in the middle by a horizontal twisted chain stitch (sometimes worked in a different colour).

A buttenhole eyelet (also known as a buttonhole wheel, buttonhole stitch wheel, or wheel stitch) is a technique worked as a buttonhole stitch, but in circular form rather than in a straight line. Each stitch is worked into the same central hole in order to create one large hole in the centre.

The buttonhole stitch (also known as button stitch) is a technique used in embroidery and for embroidered lace. It is very similar to the blanket stitch. It is called buttonhole stitch when the stitches are packed closely together and blanket stitch (USA: blanket edge) when they are more evenly spaced out.

Buttonhole/blanket stitch edging refers to the application of buttonhole stitch (if the stitches are closely worked together) or blanket stitch (if the stitches are widely spaced), whereby the stitch is used to secure and neaten the edge(s) of a piece of cloth.

A buttonhole(d) bar is stitched between two areas of woven cloth, made after a section (or group) of the ground threads are removed (as happens in drawn thread work and cutwork).

A Byzantine stitch is a canvas embroidery stitch used to create the effect of brocaded or woven material. It consists of a satin stitchworked diagonally over four vertical and four horizontal threads of the canvas, thus creating a stepped pattern. It is often used to cover large surfaces.

The cable chain stitch is a technique that creates a neat embroidered line of chain. It is formed by a chain stitch followed by another separate chain stitch, after looping the thread around the tip of the needle, creating the 'cable' that combines the stitches.

The (diagonal) Cashmere stitch is a technique that includes groups of three or four straight stitches of varying lengths, worked diagonally and in blocks. Generally the first block starts in the top left or right-hand corner and a row of blocks is continued to the opposite bottom corner. The next row starts at the bottom, next to the first row. 

A chain and blanket stitch row is a composite stitch made from an open chain stitch and a blanket stitch. It is used for free style embroidery. GVE

The chain stitch is an ancient embroidery technique, used in many parts of the world, in which a series of interconnecting loops are made with a needle or a small hook. The chain stitch has been identified from garments found in the tomb of the Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun

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