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Pekinese Stitch Video


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Today’s video tutorial is on the Pekinese stitch. This is a composite stitch that starts with a backstitch line. A second thread is then looped behind the backstitches.

Pekinese Stitch Video

In the sample above, the bright blue line with the pink dashes through it is worked in the Pekinese stitch. The stitch takes curves well. It can also be used as a filling, by working rows close together.

Pekinese Stitch Video

In yesterday’s Stitch Play article, Pekinese stitch was featured as one of those line stitches that you can “mirror” effectively.

Pekinese Stitch Video

Pretty much any type of thread works with the Pekinese stitch. In the photo above, the backstitch is worked with a wool thread, and the loops of the stitch are worked in perle cotton.

Pekinese Stitch Video

And in this sample, the backstitch is worked with perle cotton, and the loops are worked with wool. So you can mix and match the threads used in the two parts of the stitch.

Here’s the video for the Pekinese stitch. I hope you enjoy it and find it useful in your embroidery endeavors!

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  1. Mary, I know it’s probably just a fun piece to you but to me it looks like art. Would you consider letting us see how the whole thing looks? Is it gloriously random? How do you do that?

    1. Hi, Heather – Sure, I’ll show you a whole shot eventually! I’ve got several of these pieces that I use for stitch sample photos, or to work out little elements for Stitch Play. As soon as I’m ready to categorize them and file them away, I’ll take whole photos and show them to you! ~MC

  2. G’day Mary, Have been following these along and all is really beaut. This video, as others, is excellent and I’ve picked up some good working tips. Thanks again. Cheers, Kath

  3. Dear Mary

    Just looked at the blog on the Pekinese stitch, it looks great I might use this on a project I’m currently starting. Great job you do Mary can’t wait for more and like Heather would love to see the whole project your stitching is perfect!

    Regards Anita Simmance

  4. Hi Mary,

    Great video as usual, but how do you add a thread when you run out? I have a long line to do.


    1. I would take it to the back behind one of the backstitches, being very careful of the tension on that last stitch as you finish the thread, and then bring the new thread up in the same spot behind the backstitch and continue forward.

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