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Beautiful Embroidery Stitches

Handwork is hip again! Expand your repertoire of embroidery stitches with these beyond-the-basics designs by Sue Spargo, then use them to embellish a project.

How To: Bullion Knot

See how to make a bullion knot.

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How To: Bullion Knot

See how to make a bullion knot.

Fly Stitch

Why (oh Y!) didn't we learn this stitch sooner? With their Y-shape appearance, fly stitches can be a delicate edging or, when circled tight, form a celestrial beauty. Alter the effect by changing the length of the arms and/or tail of the stitch.

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How To: Fly Stitch

See how to make a fly stitch.

Pistil Stitch

Often used to make flower stamens, the pistil stitch can do much more. Use it to outline a modern dandelionlike flower or to create a multifaceted flower center. The stitch combines elements of two common stitches -- straight stitch and French knot -- done in one motion.

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How To: Pistil Stitch

See how to make a pistil stitch.

Palestrina Knot

A decorative outline stitch, the Palestrina knot is most attractive when the stitches are evenly spaced and fairly close together. Using a firm twisted perle cotton in size No. 3 shows off the textural intricacy of the stitch.

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How To: Palestrina Knot

See how to make a palestrina knot.

Beaded Whipped Chain Stitch

Details make the difference. Try this twist on a classic chain stitch to add a bit of bling to your stitchery. Or, experiment with different threads to alter the look.

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How To: Beaded Whipped Chain Stitch

See how to make a beaded whipped chain stitch.

Whipped Woven Circle

Oh, what wonderful webs we weave ... for flower centers, spiderwebs, or the eye of an applique bird. If you're looking to add texture to your work, this is a must-learn stitch!

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How To: Whipped Woven Circle

 

See how to make a whipped woven circle.

 

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