How to stitch a stem stitch
This week in The Happy Stitch Project, we’re learning how to stitch a stem stitch. I’m wondering why I haven’t learnt this one before to be honest, as it’s such a lovely stitch! Here it is in red on the sampler designed by Helen from @unicornfactoryuk – you can download it here.I have added it to the edges of the Do Your Thing hoop that we started last week when we learnt arrowhead stitch. I really love the look of the stem stitching around the edges because it makes it pop so much! I have really enjoyed practising it this week, and I have managed to perfect my technique as I’ve gone along. In this week’s tutorial videos, I started by stitching this stitch in a couple of different ways. But as the week went on, I came up with a third one that works much better for me! Rather than changing everything I’ve just added it to the project video, because I want to show you an honest account of how I’m learning these stitches. We get better with practice and that’s a good thing! I’d recommend giving each one a try and seeing which technique works best for you. I’m really happy with my loop technique because I feel like I can get much more even stem stitches by doing it this way.
How to stitch stem stitch: tutorial videos
Watch the stem stitch tutorial video here:
Watch the project video here:
If you missed the first part of this project, you’ll find all the info and free templates here.
Next week, we’ll add some more embellishments around the edges with another new stitch. I’ve decided to put this in a peach hoop (the ‘Peaches’ shade) to match shade 20 from the perfect pastels thread pack that I used in the project, so you’ll get to see that next week too! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning stem stitch this week – don’t forget to share what you’ve been stitching on Instagram by tagging me @hellohoorayblog 😊
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