Holbein stitch is also known as the Double running stitch, Line stitch, Two-Sided Line stitch, Two-sided Stroke stitch, Square stitch, Chiara stitch. This is a very versatile stitch which can be used in many different ways. Holbein stitch is widely used in Blackwork Embroidery and Assissi Embroidery as well. This is part of the running stitch family.
What you will need?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design) ( You can purchase a set of 6 hoops from Amazon for your basic needs.)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread (You can buy this pack of 36 shades of the DMC embroidery floss.)
How many strands of floss do you need for making the Holbein Stitch?
You can use all 6 strands of the floss. But if you are working on a finer design, then start with 2 strands of floss and increase the number of strands according to your design. I have used all 6 strands for making this stitch.
Step by Step Pictorial Process of making the Holbein Stitch
1. Lay a base of running stitches as shown above. Note that the needle will work vertically and the stitches will fall horizontally.
2. Now, start a return journey with the same working thread.
3. You can either work with the same thread or use a contrasting color floss for this. Note that now the needle will work horizontally and the stitches will fall vertically.
Tips for working the Holbein Stitch
- Knowing the blanket stitch will help to work this stitch easily.
What is this stitch used for?
- This stitch can be used for many decorative embroidery stitches.
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- Maidenhair stitch
- Wheatear Stitch
- Fern Stitch
- Cast On Stitch
- Basque Stitch
- Long and Short Stitch
- Trellis Stitch
- Closed Feather Stitch
- satin stitch
- back stitch
Check out the video tutorial below
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