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Fancy stitches are decorative embroidery stitches used for
special effects, for contrast, and
continuation of various blanket stitches, different
feather stitches, cross stitch and French knot. Samples
of the stitches are provided on the picture
blanket stitch: Make like
closed blanket stitch, except that stitches cross at the
blanket stitch is made in
different sizes. Also different slants.
spaced blanket stitch: In groups
of two or three stitches, with regular spaces
stitch or briar stitch: Mark a
center line. Make like blanket stitch, slanting the
stitches, first from right to left, then from left to
right on either side of center. For stiffer effect, make
stitches parallel to center line, instead of slanting.
Best used to accentuate certain lines, as a hem, or at
top of pockets.
feather stitch: Insert
needle at bottom of previous stitch so the stitches
feather stitching: Two
slanting stitches on each side.
serpentine feather stitch: Mark
zigzag or curved line, featherstitch along
needle out at one, insert at two, out at three, in at
four, out at five, in at three, etc. Used for borders,
samplers, traditional embroidery.
thread from wrong side out at A, in at B, out at C, in at
D, out at B, in at E for the whole line. At end, R, go up
to T, to Q, to P, etc. to A, Y, A, Z, C, Y, C, Y, B, X,
B, X, D, etc. Used for coarsely woven materials and
needle up from wrong side, wrap thread around needle one
or more times, and insert needle close to point where it
came out, keeping thread taut to prevent looping. Used to
fill in spaces and to make centers of
See our Fancy Stitches
3 for herringbone,
chevron, satin and seed stitch; couching and