Learn hand embroidery. See a step-by-step demonstration of the thorn stitch as seen in the December 2014 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting.

October 13, 2016

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Hi, I'm Linda with American Patchwork and Quilting magazine bringing you some stitches to savor brought to by designer Sue Spargo. Today we're going to learn the thorn stitch. The thorn stitch is well suited for the vein of a leaf or other straight lines you want filled. So, let's get started. First bring your needle up from the back of your work and make one long stitch. Then you're going to bring your needle back through the fabric to what you want the width of one side of that stitch to be, so in this case we're going to be here. And my other column will come down this side. This will be my first row and my second row. I'm going to put my needle through the fabric right under where that stitch I'm going to couch is and come out again right on the other side making sure that this thread is on top. So come across. I've got my first diagonal stitch here. Now I'm going to go up to the top, again the same width and even with the top of that other stitch, and go back through. So what I got is the first stitch and then this overlap kind of couches down this main stitch. I'll come up on the other side again, go over and under, then go up again. I want to make sure that they keep the two stitches (the diagonal stitches) kind of even at the top and about the same distance from the center. We can make a third stitch, and go go and back again through the layers, and back up. So, that's the thorn stitch. It adds such interest to your design. It truly is a stitch to savor.