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I learned to embroider when I was a kid, when everyone was really into cross stitch (remember the '80s?). Eventually, I migrated to surface embroidery, teaching myself with whatever I could get my hands on...read more

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Embroidery Stitches by Name, from A-Z

This is an Alphabetical Listing of Hand Embroidery Stitches, with links to video tutorials for each stitch. As more stitch videos are added to Needle ‘n Thread, the stitches will be added to this list as well as to the visual index above.

Click on the letter below to go to stitch names that begin with that letter. Alternate names for the stitches are found in parentheses after each stitch.

A B
C D
E F
G H
I J
K L
M

N O
P Q
R S
T U
V W
X Y
Z


A

Alternating Chain Stitch (see Chain stitch, Alternating. Also called Checkered Chain, Two-Colored Chain, Magic Chain Stitch)

B

Backstitch
Backstitch, Laced
Backstitch, Whipped
Basket Stitch (Spanish Stitch, Plait Stitch)
Beaded Drizzle Stitch (see Drizzle Stitch, Beaded)
Basque Stitch
Blanket Stitch (see Buttonhole Stitch; also called Spaced Buttonhole Stitch)
Bokhara Couching (Bokharan couching)
Braid Stitch (see Cable Plait Stitch; also called Figure Eight Stitch)
Braided Chain Stitch (see Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch)
Bullion Knots (Coil Stitch, Knot Stitch, Caterpillar Stitch, Worm Stitch, Roll Stitch, Post Stitch, Slug Stitch, Grub knot)
Bullion Buttonhole Wheels (with buttonholed edge)
Bullion Rose Bud
Bullion Stem Stitch
Buttonhole Stitch (Blanket Stitch)
Buttonhole, Detached (Detached Buttonhole Filling)
Buttonhole, Up & Down
Buttonhole Wheels

C

Cable Chain Stitch
Cable Plait Stitch (Braid Stitch, Figure Eight Stitch)
Cast-On Stitch
Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch, Alternating (Checkered Chain Stitch, Magic Stitch, Two-Colored Chain Stitch)
Chain Stitch, Braided (see Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch)
Chain Stitch, Cable
Chain Stitch, Crested (Spanish Coral Stitch)
Chain Stitch, Detached (Daisy Stitch, Lazy Daisy)
Chain Stitch, Heavy
Chain Stitch, Knotted
Chain Stitch, Open (Square Chain Stitch)
Chain Stitch, Twisted
Chevron Stitch
Chinese Knot
Colonial Knot (Figure Eight Knot, Candlewick Knot)
Coral Stitch (Coral Knot Stitch, Beaded Stitch, German Knot Stitch, Knotted Stitch)
Couching

D

Daisy Stitch (Detached Chain)
Detached Buttonhole (See Buttonhole, Detached; also called Detached Buttonhole Filling)
Diamond Stitch (Knotted Diamond Stitch)
Double Chain Stitch (see Chain Stitch, Double)
Double Feather Stitch (see Feather Stitch, Double)
Double Herringbone Stitch (see Herringbone Stitch, Double)
Drizzle Stitch
Drizzle Stitch, Beaded

E

F

Feather Stitch
Feather Stitch, Double
Fern Stitch
Fishbone Stitch
Fishbone Stitch, Raised
Fly Stitch – Horizontal (Open Loop Stitch, Y Stitch)
Fly Stitch – Vertical
French Knot
French Knots, Elongated (see Pistil Stitch)

G

Ghiordes Knot (Turkey Work)
Granitos
Guilloche Stitch

H

Heavy Chain Stitch (see Chain Stitch, Heavy)
Herringbone Stitch
Herringbone Stitch, Double
Hungarian Braided Chain Stitch (Hungarian Braid Stitch, Hungarian Chain Stitch, Braided Chain Stitch)

I

J

K

Knotted Diamond Stitch (see Diamond Stitch)
Knotted Pearl Stitch (Reverse Palestrina Stitch)

L

Laced Backstitch
Laced Running Stitch
Ladder Stitch
Lattice (Lattice Work, Lattice Stitch)
Laying Tool (How to use one)
Long & Short Stitch

M

Mountmellick Stitch

N

O

Old English Knot Stitch (see Palestrina Stitch)
Open Chain Stitch (see Chain Stitch, Open; also called Square Chain Stitch)
Open Cretan Stitch
Outline Stitch
Oyster Stitch

P

Palestrina Stitch (Twilling, Double Knot Stitch, Old English Knot Stitch, Smyrna Stitch, Tied Coral Stitch)
Palestrina Stitch, Reversed (see Knotted Pearl Stitch)
Pistil Stitch (Elongated French Knots)
Plait Stitch (see Basket Stitch; also called Spanish Stitch)
Plaited Braid Stitch
Portuguese Knotted Stem Stitch

Q

R

Raised Cup Stitch
Raised Fishbone Stitch (see Fishbone, Raised)
Raised Stem Stitch (see Stem Stitch, Raised)
Reverse Palestrina Stitch (see Knotted Pearl Stitch)
Romanian Couching
Rope Stitch
Rose Leaf Stitch
Rose Leaf Stitch Bud
Rosette Chain Stitch
Running Stitch
Running Stitch, Whipped
Running Stitch, Laced

S

Satin Stitch
Scroll Stitch
Seed Stitch
Shisha Stitch (Traditional)
Shisha, Variation 1
Shisha, Variation 2
Shisha, Variation 3 (Very Simple!)
Shisha with Beetle Wings
Spanish Stitch (see Basket Stitch; also called Plait Stitch)
Spanish Knotted Feather Stitch
Spider Web – Ribbed
Spider Web – Woven (see Woven Wheel)
Split Stitch
Square Chain Stitch (see Chain Stitch, Open)
Stem Stitch
Stem Stitch, Bullion (see Bullion Stem Stitch)
Stem Stitch, Raised

T

Tambour Stitch (Chain Stitch with a tambour hook)
Trellis Stitch
Tulip Stitch
Turkey Work (Ghiordes Knot Stitch)
Turk’s Head Knot Stitch
Twilling (see Palestrina Stitch)
Twisted Chain Stitch

U

Up & Down Buttonhole Stitch (see Buttonhole, Up & Down)

V

Vandyke Stitch
Victorian Tufting

W

Wheatear Stitch (Wheat Stitch)
Whipped Backstitch (see Backstitch, Whipped)
Whipped Running Stitch
Woven Filling
Woven Picot
Woven Wheel (Spider Web, Woven Circle)

X

Y

Z

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