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The Stem Stitch | DIY Embroidery Stitches


The Stem Stitch | Embroidery Stitches

The stem stitch earned its name by being a well-suited stitch for embroidering flower stems. It can be an interesting embroidery stitch for lettering and outlining, too.

You’ll start with:

  • blank piece of fabric (cotton is best)
  • embroidery hoop, if you have one
  • embroidery thread
  • needle
  • scissors

Thread one end of a length of thread through your needle. Knot the far end and trim any excess. It’s helpful when first beginning to draw on the fabric with a fabric pencil, and then trace those lines or fill in those shapes with your stitches.

To do the Stem Stitch

It begins with a single stitch, just like the others. When beginning your second stitch, start it halfway right up underneath your first stitch. End your second stitch next to the first, much like you would with any of the previous stitches.

Start your third stitch just underneath and in the middle of the second stitch, and so on.

That’s the stem stitch, one of many styles of embroidery stitches.

More Basic Embroidery Stitches:

How to Back Stitch

How to Cross Stitch

Hand Sew The French Knot 

Hand Sew The Running Stitch

How to Satin Stitch

How to Split Stitch

How to Stem Stitch


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