The coral stitch, also called the coral knot stitch or coral knot, is a line stitch made up of knots. The knots created by the coral stitch can be spaced close together or far apart, depending on what you want your line to look like.
The coral stitch is worked from right to left for the righty and left to right for the lefty, although in reality, it can be worked from either direction with either hand, especially if you stab the stitch (taking the needle all the way to the back of the fabric and pulling through) instead of sew it (working from the front only and scooping up the fabric with each stitch).
The coral stitch is a kind of “self-couching” technique – you’re basically tying down the working thread with the working thread, by forming knots over the thread.
You can work the coral stitch on straight or curved lines. The stitch looks best when the knots are evenly spaced.
You can also use coral stitch as a filling, by working rows of coral stitch close together within the area to be filled. To do this, you stagger the position of the knots, so that they fit between the knots on the line before.
Coral stitch is an integral part of Schwalm embroidery, a type of whitework that employs coral stitch and chain stitch to outline areas of drawn and pulled thread fillings.
The coral knot can also be used in drawn thread embroidery, to gather threads into bunches.
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