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Stitch Beautifully – a Give-Away – and a Winner


Stitch Beautifully. I think this is a great motto for embroiderers – something that we all try to aspire to in our own way.

Admittedly, I don’t always succeed! There are days when I make a perfect mess with my stitching, and I have to rip it out and start again. But that doesn’t keep me from aspiring to stitch beautifully. Pretty much, all my efforts are aimed towards that simply put phrase.

And today’s give-away is aimed at keeping us all inspired to Stitch Beautifully!

Stitch Beautifully

I’m giving away five Stitch Beautifully zipper bags made by Access Commodities. They’re great little bags! Heavy duty and clear, with a sturdy zipper and pink ribbon zipper pull, they’re perfect for storing stitching accessories, tools, threads for a portable project, and the like.

Little project bags like this are so handy! I’m forever using similar pouches for separate projects that I have going. It helps me keep each project organized and ready to grab at a moment’s notice.

Stitch Beautifully

Inside the bag, you’ll find a full spool of Soie Gobelins, which is a fine, tightly twisted filament silk thread, perfect for detail stitching.

You’ll also find a little pad of sticky notes. I love sticky notes! I use them All the Time. They are my Second Brain. And I love it when I find sticky notes that are stitch-related (which isn’t often!). Makes me feel somehow better about having them stuck all over every surface in my workroom…

Stitch Beautifully

It’s a nice little package of stitchy treats that would be fun to see in your mailbox!

Give-Away Guidelines

To enter today’s give-away, please follow these guidelines:

1. Leave a comment below (on this article on the website, not via e-mail), answering the following question:

What’s your favorite embroidery stitch?

2. In your comment (either in the name line on the comment form or in the comment box), please make sure you leave a recognizable, non-confusable name. For example, if your name is Pat, please qualify that somehow, since there are lots of Pats out there!

3. Leave your comment before 5:00 am, Friday, January 18th. I’ll announce five winners that day!

A Winner Already

On Saturday’s blog post, I asked readers to take a stab at naming the two stitches bordering the lattice work sample from Friday’s article. You can read the challenge to name the stitches here.

Name that Stitch

What’s the light blue and dark blue outline in the photo above? It’s Hungarian braided chain stitch, with one side whipped.

Name that Stitch

And what’s the reddish-orange outline in this photo? It’s interlaced chain stitch, which we’ve covered in the Stitch Fun series – only I didn’t couch the outside of the lacing stitches.

For the first person who named & explained correctly what was going on in those outlines, I reserved one of these bags (I have six).

The winner from Saturday’s guessing game is Brynn! She was the first to name both correctly. The second stitch, she described as a chain stitch with either a buttonhole or Pekinese-type lacing on both sides. She’s right – it’s essentially a chain stitch with the lacing done like a Pekinese stitch.

Thanks for playing that game. It was fun! I might do more of that in the future.

But I’m not making you work quite so hard for a chance to win one of these cute little bags today. Just tell us your favorite embroidery stitch in the comment you leave below, and you’ll have a chance to win one of the five remaining bags.

Go to it!

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  1. Thank you for your very informative blog.

    My current favorite embroidery stitch is beaded back stitch. I’m using it on my daughter’s wedding dress: off shoulder sleeves and upper part of bodice will be heavily beaded.

    Ground fabric is doupioni with silk organza underlining (to help hold up all those beads and in all that thread) and your blog has been very, very helpful to me.

    I also want to mention especially your tip about using Sulky Solvy to transfer the pattern. And using Flair pens.

    Thank you again!

  2. I don’t know a stitch that I don’t love, that said I do have a least favorite … will that work LOL. I really try to avoid the “queen stitch”. I have a project with a queenstitch background done in green on green thread. I work on it for a while then go onto something else. I really do want to finish this beautiful project. Someday I will.

  3. I would love to enter in your give-away. My favorite embroidery stitch is long and short stitch. I love the way the design change depending on the length of the stitch. I am eager to learn all different kinds of embroidery stitches.
    Susan Low

  4. I love the feather stitch. You can use so many different mediums of threads from floss to yarn! I love adding beads to this stitch, it makes for a great combination stitch. thanks for all you do Mary! Love your blog, your posts and followers!

  5. I live for the clear project bags! I must have 10 of them in all different sizes. They are a must for me whenever I start a new project. I’d love to win this one!

    I just learned to do French knots this weekend so that is my favorite stitch of the moment. Your video was invaluable in my learning. I must have watched it 10 times. πŸ™‚

    1. Did you make your clear project bags or buy them somewhere. I know making them is a cinch but I don’t want another project and I would like clear bags.

  6. I have always liked the buillion stitch but seeing your interlaced chain stitch makes me want to learn that one. Very cute.

  7. My favourite stitch. Isn’t really a stitch, it’s trellis’. I got hooked on trellis doing Jacobean crewel and now look for anything to do a trellis on. They can be infinitely variable and no two are alike.

  8. My favourite is a spiderweb rose worked in ribbon! It’s the fastest way to stitch up a beautiful, life-like rose, and when you use a variegated ribbon it just makes it all so much better! I think some people wouldn’t say this is a “stitch” per se, but I definitely think it is, and generally it is the stitch I do which gets the most exclamations of joy!

  9. I know they are the very basic of stitches, but the stem or satin stitch has been my favorite because I relate it to the stitching that my Grandma did on so many items – redwork,towels, etc.

  10. My favorite stitch is the outline stitch. It was one of the first stitches I learned and I still use it often. Although I have been playing with some of the stitches you have shown in stitch fun and I may change my mind in the future.

  11. I like the chair sttich because yu can elongate it, stack it, use 2 colores, whip it, etc. It goes around curves, can be an outline or a filling stitch.

  12. Hi Mary,

    My favorite stich is the split stitch. Simple, yet so versatile. I use it as a border stitch, a filling stitch and padding stitch for the satin stitch! And it has taken me sometime to get it right too. So yeah, my favorite stitch would be the split stitch πŸ™‚

  13. My favorite stitch is the French knot. I love the bumpy texture it adds. Bit it’s kinda like children, isn’t it? Trying to pick a favorite ?? I really love them all, and can’t wait to master more of them.
    Thanks so much for this opportunity. The bag looks great for projects.

  14. My favorite stitch has to be the straight stitch mainly because I use it for filling, and etc. I love that I can basically put it in many places and even cover those pesky parts of stitching I am not happy with.

    Avis in VA

  15. Definitely bullion stitch…I learned to do them before I knew they were supposed to be difficult, always an advantage. And you can do so much with them!

  16. Right now, mine is the Basque stitch — mainly because I’m a beginner, and it’s one of the few I can execute well, ha!

  17. Long and short stitch, you can achieve such beautiful realistic effects with it, especially when you have such wonderful teachers as Trish Burr, I’ve just finished her little bee eater, I’m not displeased with the result

  18. I love trying new stitches, but probably my favorite is vine stitch (also outline stitch.) I find myself using vine and some filler stitch in just about every project. Long and short stitch would be a close second.

    Thank you and Access Commodities for this giveaway!

  19. I don’t care if this sounds lame, but the stem stitch is my favorite. The stem stitch can be the backbone of a design or a simply lovely line.

  20. Hi Mary,

    I love the French Knot. It is such a fun little stitch. I am now trying to conquer the interlaced herringbone stitch. Lovely but complicated.

    Thanks for the give away.

  21. Lovely giveaway Mary. My favourite stitch is knot(s)plural. Any knot, whether individual – like French or colonial – or in a line like palestrina or knotted stem stitch. Give me knots every time, there is just so much you can do with them.

  22. Mary, My favorite stitch is satin stitch. I love many other stitches and love to learn new ones as well or refresh my memory on stitches that I haven’t done in a while. I must tell you that I love your website and have learned so much from you. I love to watch your videos to see how stitches should be done. It is so much better that diagrams in books, to actually see it done.
    Thank You

  23. I love the detached-button-hole stitch from Brazilian Embrodiery. Can you show and give us some tips on that type of emboridery? I love your news pages and I forward them on to my students. Thank you Agnes Davis

  24. It’s so hard to pick just one! I do love the woven picot stitch, but there are so many others I enjoy doing too! ( I won’t list them– it would be a long list…lol) Thanks, Mary, for the chance to win a goodie bag.

  25. My favorite embroidery stitch. Hmmm. From the answers to the outlines on your lattice fill, I don’t know the first thing on embroidery stitches. The only fancy stitch I have actually used is a feather stitch. I used it in conjunction with chain stitch on a reproduction of an old English smock. I guess feather stitch would qualify as my favorite. It turned out really well.

  26. My favorite stitch, just because it’s so useful and versatile, is Stem Stitch(or Outline). As an outline, it helps me to define various areas, can be used as a filler, can be “decorated” in several ways (lace it, whip it, buttonhole it, bead it, etc). Also easy to do with any kind of thread.

    Hoping to win, your fan…. Ginger

  27. What a sweet bag. I love the clear zipper pouches to put my handwork supplies in. I like to buy little clear cosmetic bags to hold things in. It is so nice to have my things in clear bags so that I can see what the project or supplies in them are at a glance.
    Thank you for doing this giveaway.

  28. Hi Mary, and happy new year! Thanks for this great giveaway. One can never have too many bags for projects … Although it would be nice to see the projects finished and bags emptied sometime!my favourite stitch is French knot because my grandmother taught it to me almost 50 years ago! It is also very versatile.

  29. I’m always going to the stem stitch on my projects so I guess it has becoming my favorite stitch. I like its flexibility. Thank you!

  30. I love using pouches for separate projects as well. My favorite stitch is either feather or buttonhole, but for the past many years the most frequently used is cross stitch!

    Thanks for sharing and the opportunity to win.

  31. My favorite stitch is the stem stitch…which I found out today I was mistakenly calling the outline stitch. I thought the terms were interchangeable until I looked it up to be sure I was calling the stitch by the correct name.

    The stem stitch is the first stitch I learned to do when I was first taught embroidery by my mom. I don’t want to say I am old but I have been using the stem stitch for 40 years…I may not have the name down but I do have the stitch down. πŸ™‚

  32. Its hard to choose just one. Probably the one I use the most in my crazy quilting is the straight stitch because it is so versatile. But, I also love feather stitch and the fish-bone stitch for leaves.

  33. I really like the look of the queen stitch. I really don’t have a favorite. I love to stitch and love the look of the finished project!!!

  34. Just the plain cross-stitch….I love its symmetry. Standing by itself, it isn’t so much but when combined with more of them, it is so beautiful to me!

  35. I love doing the trellis stitch with the French knots. I covers a lot of area and is so impressive looking. People think it is more complicated than it is. I just break it down is small steps and I find it very relaxing.

  36. My favorite stitch is the chain stitch. It was the first embroidery stitch my Grandma taught me when I was little. So it is also sentimental to me.

  37. I love the Queen stitch. It is elegant yet not difficult to do.
    I think it totally dresses up a stitched sampler or any piece of needlework. Theresa

  38. I have not entered one of your lovely contests before but this one captured my feelings about the embroidery I have conentrated on the past 21 years – Traditional Jap;anese Embroidery. Silk is my favourite medium and the stitching I strive to perfect is laid flat silk – my teacher constantly reminded her students to “strive for perfection” even knowing you would probably never get there. As I sit down at my frame, 5am most days, I remind myself of this every day.

  39. Hi Mary my favorite stitch is the chain stitch there are so many ways to use this stitch. Thanks for the opportunity to enter..

  40. Oh I’m such a twit! I didn’t even see the rest of that pale blue as part of the same stitch and I couldn’t understand why people were talking about chain stitch! I can see it now, of course! πŸ™‚

    Anyway, my favourite stitch – wow! You said you weren’t making us work so hard for this, but actually that’s a really hard question! I love plain old silk shading – not sure what you call the stitch – long and short, silk-shading stitch? I think it looks wonderful when you get it right, but it’s so easy to get wrong … although Trish Burr’s books help a lot! That’s probably my favourite to look at. My favourite to do would have to be raised fishbone stitch, because it makes such beautiful, neat leaves (or even fishes) and it can make me LOOK like a really neat and competent embroiderer. The same cannot be said, alas, for silk shading!

  41. My favorite embroidery stitch is usually the one I’m working with! It’s all part of making the project come to life. What fun!

  42. Oh, this is an easy one! Stem Stitch…hands down! But there are some close competitors; such as the French Knot, the Detached Chain, and the Split Stitch.

  43. This is my first giveaway challenge, so here goes! I’m relearning embroidery, having moved away from it for many years, and love your site, Mary. I am tending to adopt new, favorite stitches with each one I get under my belt, once again. I really enjoy combining stitches and find the chain stitch remarkably flexible for this purpose. At the moment, I’m putting a border around a pillow cover that combines chain, French knot, and lazy daisy stitches to create a wavy line with flowers shooting off the curves. Very pretty effect! Thanks to you and all the commenters for helping me get back into this fulfilling art. Am having a blast!

  44. Mary, my favorite stitch is the feather stitch. There are so many variations and ways to use this stitch as well as using a variety of threads and ribbon. Always like having my projects in their own baggie. Thoroughly enjoy your newsletters and the many opportunities you offer us to win great products.

  45. Stem Stitch. I am a rudimentary hand stitcher so that this is my favorite stitch that I can do fairly well. I can’t say why. I just like it. However, the long and short stitch, if that is the correct name, mesmerizes me. Thanks for giving these bags away. They are the best.

  46. My very favorite is the chevron because I love all the different ways I can build on it with other stitches and beads. Your videos are excellent. Thanks for all you do to keep this art alive.

  47. Hello Mary,

    I do not have a favourite stitch, I am beginning and still finding new stitches.

    I love the idea of your project bag, I have been trying to work out how to make one and of course embroider it.

  48. I think my favourite stitch is stem/outline stitch. It is so versatile, an edging , a filling, a cord (when you do 2 or more side by side). Open, close, small, large, tight loose…the variations are endless.

  49. What a delightful surprise if you draw my name. Since I have many (we don’t count, do we) half done projects, I will definitely use them. And the sticky notes and (WOW) silk thread!

    No one fav stitch but you have introduced me to many I love!

  50. a favourite stitch, I have to say I love most of them, I love stem stitch and use it a lot! thanks for the chance to win Mary, I LOVE clear bags for projects and would love to win this – happy stitching everyone πŸ™‚ KarenB – Onario

  51. My favourite stitch is the Hungarian Braided Chain stitch. It is such an easy but effective stitch that allows others to think I so much more skilled than I actually am!

  52. My favorite stitch by far is stem stitch! I love the twisted, ropy look of it, I love how fast it works up, and I love how versatile it is – it can do straight lines, gentle curves, tight curves, and sharp corners as well as serve as a filling!

    Thanks for all your wonderful giveaways, Mary!

  53. My favorite stitch is queen stitch, doing some 17th century work, and I love the way it gives texture to the area being worked.

  54. I have 2 favorite stitches especially using waterlilies by caron the stitches are Basketweave stitch which is great for backgrounds and the Bound Cross stitch.which makes the caron waterlilies threads look gourgous. Such cute little bags Mary great fro carrying thread or tools to class.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win one of them. And the thread is wonderful too.

  55. I love so many embroidery stitches for so many different reasons. Today my favorite is French knots. They are fun to make and add a little “happy sas” to whatever you are working on.

  56. My favorite is chain stitch in all its variations because it’s easy to do and showcases the threads so nicely on the front. It’s a great start when I’m just doodling on fabric.

    Belated Happy New Year, by the way.

  57. I love using the French knot. It is such a versatile stitch…in that it can be polka dots, buds on a flower, leaves in the trees or just give texture to a design. Thanks for all your little tidbits. They help me so much.

  58. G’day Mary,
    First up, congratulations to Brynn, well done…
    and my favourite stitch is this @@@, French Knots.
    Cheers, Kath from Oz

  59. I have 2 favorite ‘go to’ stitches that I use way too often as I can stitch them without thinking, the Back stitch and the Stem Stitch.
    You encourage me to venture out more, but sometimes these are just my ‘safe’ stitches that allow me to embroider with no stress.
    I think I use the back stitch the most.

  60. I would say that my favorite stitch is the outline stitch. I learned to do it when I was about 12 and use it most. I know it is called other names but that is what we called it.

  61. Maybe I am just practical, but I really do like the lowly cross stitch. I finds its way in all my work. Long and short stitch would be next. Very practical little stitches.

  62. While I don’t really have a favorite stitch I like the finished look of long and short shading. I also like doing a variety of intricate stitches on canvas, or at least I like them when they are finished.

  63. My all time favorite stitch is the bullion knot!

    I love them in part because everyone else hates them, and in part because they are so flexible. They can be used for a HUGE number of things on a canvas.

    Once you know how to make them properly, they are not hard.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Mary!

  64. Thanks for chance to win. I do crazy quilting and love herringbone stitch. It is
    So hard to pick just one stitch. I also love buillion stitch roses which I learned in
    a class by Sharon Boggon in CT. I just packed a ziplock sandwich bag with a small CQ project. Would have been much nicer to take along one of
    your bags. Love your blog, thanks for all your hard work.

  65. Hello Mary,
    I love the bouillion stitch,you can make beautifull roses with this stitch.
    Hoping to win the give-away.
    Greetings, Maria from the Netherlands

  66. I am pretty much a “love the one you’re with” person (at least as far as embroidery stitches go!) but having just finished my first queen’s stitches; I must admit to being in love. The detail, the ripples, the contrast between the high and lows, and the tension all combine to make it a lovely little stitch. And when you combine several of them in a certain pattern and top with the luscious smoothness of satin stitch; you get a strawberry! The thought of putting 96 stitches into a half inch triangle just boggles my mind….it must be love!

  67. The Smyrna Stitch is my favorite. I love the symmetry of the stitch when I am cross stitching.
    I love your blog and have learned so-o-o much from you.

    Thank you – Beverley E

  68. Boy oh boy do I need this one! Ikeep my stash of thread in shoe boxes. Trouble is it gets all tangled up! Sometimes quite a messy situation. I need help. Please.
    My favourite stitch at the moment is the bullion stitch. I am making roses on a cushion right now and having great fun.

  69. My Favorite embroidery stitch is the one I use when I can’t figure out what to do, it is a combination of the backstitch and running stitch, when I am doing corners etc. I start out with a little running stitch, then backstitch into the running stitch and so on until I get around the corner, love it and it always looks good (at least I think it does the trick)

    And I love all your suggestions, ideas, tips, hints etc. Thanks for sharing your amazing talents.

  70. Good old cross stitch is my first choice then the spiderweb rose–love how it looks! Thanks for the chance of another give away. I have enjoyed learning so much from your projects and articles.

  71. Since I’m pretty much a beginner at embroidery, not having done very much in nearly 40 years, my current favorite is the chain stitch. But, I can see from your recent posts since I’m a fairly new follower, that there are going to be a lot of new favorites on my horizon!

  72. Hi
    I have been working on a white work project with our guild and pulled thread embroidery is currently my favourite. However, next week it might be sashiko since we are staring a project using that technique.
    Love you stitch instructions the best.

  73. I LOVE French Knots!! They are soo simple but so useful!! One moment they could be part of a little birds’ eye and the next they could be buttons on a little red jacket! Plus they are fun to make!
    Thank you for the chance at the giveaway!!

  74. Beautiful bag, just right to store my needle case, Thread Heaven, scissors, and the such in. Most people hate French Knots but I love making them and looking at them because of the texture. So many stitches that are useful or appropriate for whatever project you’re working on. I love the Turkish rug stitch you showed us. I used it for a kitty I made recently, then I gave it a collar made with little glass pearls. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  75. Dear Mary

    Thanks for your lovely Stitch Beautiful give away gifts. I got it completely wrong I really thought the dark blue was stem stitch congrats to Brynn.

    I have so many favorite stitches where do I begin. One of my favorites is stem stitch because it’s so versatile you can use it as an outline or as a filling or you can interchange with different shades like needlepainting, you can whip it as I did with the sheep in the Agnes Dei it looked so realistic. I also like long and short stitch it looks so pretty as the different shades/colours are added especially with silk thread emmmmmm lovely. Another favourite is satin stitch and laid silk stitch which I really enjoyed and added to this I like vermicelli goldwork I loved doing this it was so therapeutic and as I progressed the laid silk and goldwork looked so pretty…….
    and than there is the French Knot, Buttonhole, Lattice stitch, chain, herring bone, bullion emmmm lovely,………..in fact any/all stitches I like they are all lovely and look amazing when stitched.

    Regards Anita Simmance

  76. As an “Art Quilter!”, I find your site informative and inspiring! I love the way the ART forms are merging so I am using many embroidery stitches on my quilts!!!
    My favorite stitch presently is the Pekinese Stitch as it adds great texture…but one of many that I use and THANKS to your site, I am ” testing” many new stitches!!

  77. I really like the French Knot. It can turn so many things into beauty, fun, interesting! It can be the ‘main’ attraction, a ‘dressing’, a ‘fun accessory’, so to speak! and it’s ‘fun’ to make!

  78. My favorite stitch is the colonial knot. It is a pretty little filling stitch, flower or just about anything else.

  79. My favorite stitch is the Lattice type stitch group! I think they look so elegant and orderly and neat and tidy πŸ™‚

  80. I love the way a French knot looks and feels. It gives a lot of dimension and interest to an otherwise ordinary piece. I am looking forward to learning more stitches from your wonderful tutorials. Thank you, for your beautiful website.

  81. My favourite stitch is the French Knot- probably because I can embroider it while not thinking and I don’t mind if they are somewhat wonky. I love the texture from the French Knot stitch.

  82. I like all stitches that I have learned because I just love to have fabric, needle and thread in my hands, very relaxing. But I guess it would be smyrna and its veriations.

    Texas Hill Country

  83. It is hard to pick just one stitch. If I think about it I would have to pick chain stitch. I pick this one because it covers an outline very nicely and can be used a a filling.

  84. My favorite is the twisted chain stitch because of memories it has for me.

    It was the last stitch my grandmother taught me before she passed away. Her work was true art but like many foolish people, by the time I realize it and wanted to learn, she was getting very old and only able to get me started. My ambition is to come close to the beauty of her work and get my granddaughters interested before I am too old to taught them.!!!!!
    Beside, I think this little stitch is just fun.

  85. Hi, Mary. Happy New year to you. Even when I am not doing any embroidery myself your blog keeps me in the loop! This question sounds so simple but, really, it is hard! I love the effect of trellis work but is it a stitch in itself or just a combination of other stitches? After that, I rather like buttonhole (at least I think it must be called that–the one often used to secure and outline applique?). Now I must look up queen stitch which several others have mentioned and I have never heard of it. Always something new to learn at Needle & Thread! Thank you and Stitch Beautifully for the generous give-away. Barbara in Ellettsville.

  86. Hi – my favourite stitch is (now!) Long and Short Stitch. The reason I have recently grown to love it is because I feel I can now do it well! For some time I have struggled to get it right but suddenly it fell into place. When done really well it looks absolutely amazing, whether the final piece is plain or shaded – wow.

  87. I must say the BASKETWEAVE stitch! Yes, the first I learned! Obviously the “workhorse” of canvas work. I do NOT work it as TENT (back and forth) which is far less robust; I cannot tell you how many gals I have taught the “basketweaving” technique! When I look at a canvas, I see the stitches DIAGONALLY!!

    I was blessed with living in London, England for many years. I learned to “needlepoint” in California, brought back the sampler idea, and ended up teaching for some years. THEN I took a City and Guilds Embroidery 2-year course. After ALL the techniques I learned and mastered, it was CANVAS WORK that stayed my VERY favorite!!!! I often use other stitches, make up my own designs and help friends!

    A friend in England introduced me to your website, which I then shared with a group of “stitchers” in my village. We have such fun!!

    Thank you for your beautiful daily missives and enthusiasm!

  88. I always look forward to receiving, seeing and reading the beautiful stitches for needlework. Things that I never could be done using thread and needle.
    Your tips always help us, regardless how experience a person is.
    Thank you! Have a great day!

  89. Padded satin stitch worked in silk is my current favorite. I love it’s three dimensional quality.

    Thank you for the give away and the great blog.

  90. Ahh, it *is* tough to guess… there can be several possibilities… all those words jumped in my mind – whipped, interlaced, chain… Now I see my mistakes… But that’s ok πŸ™‚ I’m just glad to see a new combination that looks very effective

    My favourite stitch… Although I mostly do cross stitch, I find surface embroidery fascinating and so far I’m staying a “fan” of simple and smooth satin stitch (which is also essential in another favourite type of embroidery – hardanger πŸ™‚

    Thank you

  91. Oh, so difficult to pick just one. I love the look of satin stitch especially with sheen. But, I do love the stem stitch/outline stitch. Ever since I started to color as a child I liked outlining my finished picture and somehow the outline stitch continues to give a “finished” look to things.

  92. My favorite stitch is the Cretan Stitch. I just like the rythem of it. Though I also love to fill a field with French Knots on occasion also. Thank you for the chance.

  93. Choose just one favorite stitch? I love them all! Most of my embroidery is done free-hand on wool applique and I have used thousands of Bullion Knots. I find the Bullions to be so versatile when embellishing. So for today, the Bullion is my favorite.

  94. I think my favorite stitch would be the back stitch. I’m always amazed at what a difference a little line around or in some stitching can make in the way it looks.

  95. I love the blanket stitch – it binds edges and it is decorative. It is versatile and it leaves little ‘open edge boxes’ that you can add stitches inside of.

    BTW I love your blog and your newsletter.

  96. I have to say that the french knot is one of my favorites. It’s a simple little stitch, but adds so much when done and placed well. Thanks for the give-away!

  97. The bag is great; the stitching beautiful. Just love this giveaway! Sticky notes are indeed one’s second brain! They help me so much. Thank you so much.

  98. When I was 7 or 8 yrs old I went snooping in a box that contained my baby clothes. Their I found a hand made sweater.beautiful. I was very impressed with the tiny pink flowers I never forgot those and when I got older I set out to find out what they were. I found the name bullion roses. be no matter who I looked I couldn’t fine how to make them.[I started to embroidery at age 8 but my teacher couldn’t find the stitch,I finally found it when I took a french hand sewing class. a long search but worth it.I love that stitch

  99. My favorite embroidery stitch is the French Knot – seems so simple, but I always have to take my time to make them appear “just so” – they are a great filler and a skill to make as well, which keeps me on my toes. I love project bags too, and would love to win one of these – thanks for the opportunity!!!

  100. Thank you for the opportunity to win, Mary. You are always so generous. My favorite stitch is the detached chain and all its variations…of course the outline stitch is right up there, lol. I like to keep it simple.

  101. I like the Guilloche stitch, mainly because it can use a variety of colors to complete it adding to the beauty of the piece. It also reminds me of a lacy effect when doing borders in a piece.

  102. My favourite stitch is the stem stitch. There are so many great ones. I would like to embroider some christmas stockings over the year for my children. I love this site for great idea’s. Thank you for all your work.

    BC canada

  103. Project bags – you really can’t have enough, can you? Favorite may be relative, but my go-to embroidery stitch will probably always be stem stitch, followed closely by chain. I do medieval/Renaissance embroidery most of the time, and nothing fills space and shades areas quite like either of those stitches. Also, truthfully, stem is the first stitch I ever embroidered because I made it up myself – I was a kid at the time, I didn’t have resources. Stem just is a very intuitive stitch and works up very quickly. I’m loving the stitch play series for just that reason – cool things to do with stitches that you already may know and want to expand on.

  104. Chain stitch and every variation of it. I fell in love doing a three-dimensional piece many years ago when I wanted to make a lichen-covered rock and ended up with seafoam on a sandy shore instead.

  105. My favorite stitch is the split stitch. It is both versatile and forgiving. It goes around curves, yet you can also box it in. You can shade a dress or face or just go in fabulous Celtic circles. If you miss a stitch, you don’t need to rip anything out (since it is actually pretty difficult to un-stitch it), just sneak back in and insert the missed stitch.

    A lovely, fun and friendly stitch – I love it!

  106. What a fine Give-away! My favorite stitch is Satin stitch. It can be padded for extra loft. It can be shaded. It’s infinitely usable.

  107. Thanks Mary! It was a hoot playing, I loved having to use my thinker on that one! I’m always trying variations at home (but they surely aren’t as beautiful as yours!). Good luck to you others! And…just keep stitching! πŸ˜‰

    1. Despite several explanations, the difference between a colonial knot and a French knot still eludes me. Can you enlighten me?

  108. Hello
    My favorite stitch is the bullion because it can be used in so many different ways. It looks elegant and complicated but is not.
    Rural Indiana is as bleak as Kansas at this time of year so enjoying the extra stitching time. Love your website. Your newsletters give me something ‘stitchy’ to look forward to each morning. Little enticements like today’s give away add extra spice.

  109. Thank you for your great stitching hints and ideas. I so look forward to your articles each day. I just used the twisted chain stitch on a project that turned out to look great. So I really love this stitch now. I’ll use something else another time that really works in that case and it will be my favorite at that time. Can’t pick only one stitch as they all have a time and place. Ganet

  110. I do a lot of crazy quilting, and my favorite stitch has become the feather stitch. It’s versatile and quick, and makes a big statement. I also use the chain stitch often, just because I’m good at it, and people oooh and awww over my tiny stitches. It’s always good to get our egos fed.
    Nancy in Newport

  111. I just love the queen stitch! I’ve been working on a reproduction sampler from the 17th century and it’s got quite a lot of them. The beauty of it is that the more you do, the better you get at them. Of course, this is true of all embroidery stitches, but I must say that acceptable long and short stitches continue to elude me!

  112. I love little bags like these! I’d love to have one – and if I don’t win one of them, I’d like to know where I could buy one!

    As far as favorite stitches go, I am basically a needlepointer who loves overdyed threads and specialty stitches. I guess my favorite is any form of Bargello…

    Ellen in VA

  113. French Knots! Without hesitation, I add knots to everything. Love the clear bag. It will come in handy whenever SharonB gets back on line and starts up TAST 2013. My needle is threaded and at attention.

  114. Hi mary,

    i dont have a favourite stitch coz when i learn to do a stitch correctly, it becomes easy and it also becomes a favorite, but i always like stem and chain stitch, easy and nice.

  115. My current favorite stitch is the Hungarian Chain stitch. I outlines look so much better with this than just a plain back stitch. Thanks for showing it.

  116. Some years ago my LNS owner introduced me to specialty stitches and I was hooked. The more complicated the stitch, the better! If I had to pick just one favorite stitch, it would be the Queen stitch. I love it’s numerous “legs” and versatility of direction which lends itself to the stitch being used for a variety of textures and elements. Can you tell I love the Queen? LOL

  117. Hello Mary,
    The best Embroidery stitch that i like the most is the “HUNGARIAN BRAIDED CHAIN STITCH”.I work with this stitch on most of my embroidery works that i do and it looks really beautiful and also,many people have passed a “GOOD COMMENT”on this hungarian braided chain stitch work!

  118. Oh, my! That is a difficult question, Mary. I love trying out new and different stitches, like the Aztec stitch or various knots (I’m especially fond of coral knots for some reason), but if I have to choose, I think it must be the unassuming cross stitch – sometimes, that’s all one needs to find contentment! Thanks again for another fun quiz. Happy stitching!

  119. My favorite stitch is the long and short stitch. So many beautiful effects can be achieved with this stitch. Thanks, Mary for this opportunity.

    Pat J

  120. The things that will keep sneaking themselves into my counted-thread designs are eyelets – any kind – star, algerian, buttonhole, half-eyelets, quarter eyelets… Current favourite stitch for me right now is pinapple stitch – which is what I call French stitch adapted for use on linen rather than canvas. I’m having great fun with that. Right now, I’m working a little pinapple-stitch border pattern on a mat and, guess what? It’s edged with buttonhole half-eyelets!

  121. My favorite stitch is the lazy daisy stitch, because for many years I thought I invented it! I learned the very basics of embroidery from my grandmother when I was very young. She gave me a stamped tea towel, a package of needles, and a skein of DMC. But our family moved across the country before I could learn anything beyond the straight stitch, and there was no one to teach me any more.

    I perservered on my own, though I began to get pretty tired of stitching around each petal of each little flower. My straight stitches got longer and longer, and each petal used fewer and fewer, until I figured out I could do a whole petal with just a loop and a stitch. It was several years later, when I found a book on embroidery in the library, that I discovered my little shortcut was old news to the rest of the stitching world.

    I still smile every time I use the that stitch, and think of that old tea towel and how clever I felt for “inventing” the lazy daisy stitch!

  122. My absolute favorite stitch is the feather stitch, whether single or double. I’m of the opinion that almost all embroidery can be improved by adding some feather stitches to it. Love the project bags, I’m always on the lookout for good ones. (especially ones with silk thread inside)

  123. Love getting your emails, they are always so full of good things. And winning a gift would only be icing on the cake.

    Thank you for your generosity,

  124. I love them all..how can I choose one. Anything with beads is very special And Turkey Work..just the name is fun.. Thank you for all your instructions and videos. G Daniece Clark

  125. I actually have two favorites. The stem stitch because it is so versatile and can be used for outlining or lettering and so much more. Also, the French knot. This stitch took me (it seemed) forever to learn when I was a child. They would unravel or not be evenly sized…I love how they give such texture to a project.

    Thank you for the opportunity today.

  126. My favorite stitch is anything that lays beautifully, and especially ones that show off my gorgeous silk overdyes. I can just Zen right out once I get the rhythm going and I am koo-koo about the results.

  127. I would have to pick the chain stitch as my favorite, since it shows up somewhere on everything I make. Thanks for sharing your talent with us, I have learned a lot.

  128. I love,love, love French knots! I look for ways to work them into my embroidery. They are so versatile depending on type of floss, number of threads or twists. My friends refer to me as the queen of French knots and almost always pass their work on to me to do them. Thanks so much for the chance to win one of these adorable bags.

  129. My favorite stitch the stem stitch..
    Dwyta (although I’m pretty sure I’m the only one, I’m the Dwyta from Spokane)

  130. I really like french knots. I made a negative space name embroidery for our new granddaughter. I did a ton of knots with a varigated pink thread, it turned out beautifully.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Diana in Sioux Falls

  131. Hello. This giveaway is lovely and practical.
    My favorite stitch is a simple one, the blanket stitch. It’s very easy and practical and one that I don’t forget how to execute.

  132. Hi, I am new to your blog and enjoy it very much.
    My favorite stitch is the french knot.

    Thanks for all the effort you put into the blog.

  133. I have just re-discovered your site and have made sure the members of my local embroidery group know it also. It is so informative, not to mention beautiful stitching.
    My favourite stitch would have to be the feather stitch because of its’ versatility.
    Thanks for all your work. Lexa

  134. Hi there…I would have to say that my favourite embroidery stitch is the back stitch. Once can accomplish so many wonderful projects with this one stitch.
    A close second would be the French Knot that I also love.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this lovely giveaway.

  135. Hi Mary! Oh I just love your give-a-away’s! You do such a wonderful job with needle n’ thread too!
    My favorite embroidery stitch is the heavy chain stitch which I actually learned form your website. It’s soo much fun and easy to do and it looks beautiful.

  136. I love the bag and could really use dozens of them! My favorite embroidery stitch is spider stitch and french knots.

  137. cross stitch is my fav. All embroidery makes me think of times long ago sitting with my grandmother embroidering pillowcases. It had to be just right according to Grandma or out it came until perfect.

  138. My favourite stitch of the moment is long and short stitch as I am currently playing with stumpwork. Recently my mother had a heart attack and I was hunting high and low for something to put a little stitching project in to carry with me when I went to sit with her. I eventually put it in a sandwich bag, not ideal. The zipper bag above would have been perfect, not sure if they sell them this side of the pond.
    I love how you always manage to come up with something new to show us.

  139. That is a hard question since I use many stitches when I needlepoint. I guess the Mosaic stitch is my favorite since it is my Go To stitch on many occasions. It is easily adaptable for backgrounds and I use it in other applications as well.

    It was also one of the first stitches I learned when I needlepointed my children’s Christmas stockings many years ago.

    Thanks Pam

  140. Hi, Mary!
    My favorite stitch is the Queen stitch. It’s a little fussy to execute, but totally worth the trouble! (Show me a queen who isn’t!) The Queen stitch is simple enough for a beginner yet somewhat formal in appearance. It makes lovely grapes or berries, especially in a period sampler. Thanks for asking!
    Mary L in Virginia

  141. I love the stiches that weave such as the herringbone. Though I am now very excited to try the trellis after your demo last week.
    This is my favorite blog.

  142. I love the stiches that weave such as the herringbone. Though I am now very excited to try the trellis after your demo last week.
    This is my favorite blog. Thanks

  143. My favourite embroidery stitch?? That’s like asking me who is my favourite child!!
    My go to stitch is stem stitch-so versatile and so useful.
    But then there’s chain stitch and all its variations.
    And a bargello pattern is always lovely—
    Now ask me about my least favourite and i would reply a Long and short stitch for filling and shading-simply horrendous for me

  144. I love your blog
    My favorite embroidery stitch at the moment is the detached buttonhole that I am trying to learn and to master.I am embroidering a project that involves Elizabethan embroidery, that is new to me.I consult your blog for information and is really great.
    Thank you

  145. My favorite stitch has always been the satin stitch, or more recently a padded satin stitch. I absolutely love to see the smooth surface created by laying threads next to one another and the addition of “padding” which creates a more textural surface design. I appreciate the different looks created by using different threads. You have shared some of the most beautiful examples I have seen which always inspire me to try something new!

  146. I guess I better learn to love the Smyrna stitch because my new EGA monthly project
    is outlined with hundreds of them.

    Pat S. of Lebanon

  147. My favorite stitch is the Palestrina knot. It was the first fancy stitch I learned and I used it in a border on a piece that turned out “mighty fine.” I haven’t had a chance to use it much since then, but the fact that it was the “first” makes it special. I should tell you that I actually don’t know many more fancy stitches. That is why I read your blog avidly.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  148. I use a wide variety of stitches but primarily the cross stitch as I use it for decorative edgings on ornaments to finish them with a technique I learned at our EGA group. I have really turned those gals onto your website and receive many thanks for comments for doing so. I’m always on the hunt for new ideas and your blog fills the bill!

  149. Upon reflection, I am interested to learn that my favourite stitch is probably the French knot! Or in French, point de noeud or simply “knot stitch.” LOL.

    You can do so many different things with this simple stitch. Single wraps, double wraps, small or large, loose or tight. In the past two weeks I’ve used French knots for flower centres, petals, whole flowers, leaves, cherries, as well as in a row to divide sections on a sampler. I particularly like them en masse, but no matter how they are used, I always like them!

    Jeepers, 195 comments already!

  150. My favorite stitch is the straight stitch. You can do almost anything with this stitch. I particularly love to do painting with threads work so the straight stitch is a must.

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