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Drizzle Stitch Video Tutorial


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Another hand embroidery tutorial to add to the collection of how-to videos for hand embroidery – here’s the Drizzle Stitch.

The drizzle stitch is a “texture” stitch. It makes an individual, almost-upright, slightly twisted “tower” on your fabric. It’s difficult to explain what it looks like! So here are some photos of it instead:

These are the two purple drizzle stitches from the video. They’re worked in a coton a broder. They’re not as pretty as the stitch could be, so I tried it with Trebizond, which is a three-ply twisted silk.

I think it’s much prettier. The needle is there to give you a sense of size. They’re not as big as they look! These are made with five cast-on stitches.

Here they are from another angle. They look rather like a caterpillar.

And here they are from the top. You can see the shadow – they do stick up off the fabric…

You might wonder how this stitch can be used in embroidery – as I mentioned above, it’s a great way to add texture to clusters. So, for example, you might stitch a cluster of them in the middle of a flower, or among any kind of encrusted areas on textured embroidery.

The video takes you through two drizzle stitches, since it’s a slower stitch to work. For materials, you may wish to have a needle threader handy, since you have to re-thread your needle while it’s still in the fabric (embroidery is always much easier with the right tools!)

For more embroidery stitch instruction, feel free to check out the rest of my collection of how-to videos for hand embroidery here on Needle ‘n Thread!

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  1. The drizzle stitch is fantastic done really long Mary. It is great for grass, and seaweed, and the end of ribbon on ‘bows’. As you said, great for adding hieght and texture.

  2. Hi Mary
    I am having trouble with the cast-on and double cast-on stitch. I would really love a video on that stitch when you get a chance for more videos. In the meantime, I will keep trying to get it as perfect as I can. Thanks Nora

  3. Thank you for a wonderful video. Your explanation is clear and so easy to follow. I found your site by accident, so shall be coming back to browse! And learn! cheers, Caroline

  4. Thank you so much for your clear and precise tutorial! I absolutely love this stitch,m including the name…drizzle stitch. I have been embellishing photo transfer pictures on fabric and this is so great for texture as you have said. I am so happy! Thank you!!!

  5. Thank you so much. Such an excellent tutorial clear and easy to follow. Hopefully this site will encourage many others to keep up the wonderful world of embroidery for future generations

    1. Well, a French knot is simply wrapped around the needle, which is still threaded, and the more wraps you make, the more unruly the French knot becomes. Normally, three wraps max, if you want a tight and orderly knot. The French knot basically makes a lump on the fabric. A drizzle stitch creates an elongated stitch that sits up off the fabric. The thread is cast onto the needle, so that individual buttonhole-like stitches cover the needle up to whatever length you want the stitch to be. Unlike a French knot, the thread for the drizzle stitch passes back down the center of all the stitches into the same hole, so that the anchoring only takes place over the last cast on stitch, whereas, with the French knot, the anchoring takes place over all the wraps.

    2. I have alot of flowers in a project I’m working on if I choose to do the drizzle stitch with beads do I then have to do that to all the flowers or can I just use it for some? Will that look ok? Sorry for all the questions I’m new at embroidery and I’ve done a couple of small things and I found a pattern I fell in love with and it’s pretty detailed so I’m kinda nervous. I’ve come to Needle n threads for alot of tips thank God your here!

  6. I could not do the knotting with my left hand so I tried with right hand
    It worked!
    Beautifully and clearly demonstrated
    Mary you a very good teacher!
    Thank you


  7. Thank you for this post! And I also like your article on French Knots and how to make different size knots.

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