Stem Stitch: Hand Embroidery
Stem stitch is a useful embroidery stitch to know if you need to embroider lines as part of your design. Obviously it’s great for stems, but it can be used in other ways to! It offers an alternative to back stitch and running stitch, and is a slimmer option than chain stitch, which can look a bit chunky.
I’ve used stem stitch for the stems of the flowers on this piece of embroidery I’ve been working on, and I’m very happy with the results! For the fabric, I used a cotton linen blend, and to embroider the flowers I used 2 strands of DMC embroidery thread (affiliate link).
Stem stitch is worked along a line and from left to right.
1. Bring the thread up to the right side of the fabric, where your line starts.
2. Sew a horizontal stitch, but before you pull it taut, bring the needle up half way along the stitch.
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And if you want a project that uses embroidery, you might like to take a look at this tutorial that shows how to make a pouch with a zip down the centre, and embroidered daisies on either side of the zip. The daisies use stem stitch, lazy daisy stitch and woven wheel stitch.
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