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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.

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: Pekinese Stitch

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Threaded Running Stitch

A wavy line isn't so difficult to achieve once you learn this stitch. It's a great look for the center vein in a leaf or for vinelike stitches.

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How To: Threaded Running Stitch

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Bullion Knot

Bullion knots are great for adding texture and depth. They take a bit of practice, but once you have the stitch down, they're a breeze. Using a size 1 milliner's needle -- with its extra-long length, round eye, and uniform (nontapered) shaft -- is key to stitching smooth bullion knots. 

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How To: Bullion Knot

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Rosette Chain Stitch

Worked big or small, the rosette chain stitch adds a new twist of texture or dtail to applique edging.

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How To: Rosette Chain Stitch

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Scroll Stitch

Wrapping the thread around the needle tip is the trick to creating a dainty scalloped edge with the scroll stitch.

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How To: Scroll Stitch

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Eyelet Wheel Stitch

The eyelet wheel stitch is perfect for adding interest to the center of a circle applique.

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How To: Eyelet Wheel Stitch

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Thorn Stitch

The thorn stitch can create a long flowing vein down the center of a leaf. 

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How To: Thorn Stitch

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Drizzle Stitch

The Drizzle stitch creates a wonderful dimensional stitch. It's perfect for a textural flower center or for an eye-catching accent on applique shapes.

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How To: Drizzle Stitch

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