Granitos used in hand embroidery are “little grains” made up of straight stitches to create a plump petal shape.
Granitos are created with a number of straight stitches that begin and end in the same holes. The number of straight stitches you use depends upon the thread you are using and how fat you want your granitos to be.
Granitos work up well in practically any kind of thread. Heavier threads such as wool and perle cottons require only a few stitches to create nice, plump granitos. If you use stranded cotton, it’s best to use several strands at a time. In the photo above, I used stranded cotton to create the granitos, using three strands at a time in the needle.
Once you see how simple this stitch is, you’ll definitely want to your stitching repertoire!
Here’s the video for granitos in hand embroidery:
I hope you have some fun with this stitch! And in case you’re looking for more hand embroidery stitches to play with, feel free to check out my hand embroidery how-to videos here on Needle ‘n Thread.