Maidenhair stitch is a very beautiful stitch that looks awesome when combines with beads or french knot. You can make a lot of patterns with this stitch.
What you will need?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread
How many strands of floss do you need for making the maidenhair 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.
Step by Step Pictorial Process of making the maidenhair stitch
1. Start by bringing the needle up at point A. Insert at point B and without taking down the needle bring it out at point C, Point C will be diagonal to point A and Point B. Keep the thread under the needle and bring the thread up.
2. Again insert from point D to Point E. Keep the thread under the needle and bring up the thread.
3. In a similar fashion, insert from point F to point G.
4. Now, you can work on the opposite side in a similar way.
5. Keep working on the three stitches on the opposite end.
6. In the above image, we are finishing the third stitch on the opposite side.
7. Work till the end of the design, and take the stitch outside of the design. take down the needle and secure the knot.
Tips for working the maidenhair stitch
- It is difficult to hide the markings with this stitch. I have used the lines for a simpler understanding. As you work on this stitch and get used to it, you can avoid the lines.
- You can also use vanishing ink especially used for this purpose if you can get it.
What is the maidenhair stitch used for?
- This is a beautiful stitch in itself. When a french knot or beads are added to the edge, it creates a beautiful effect. You can watch an example of it at my youtube channel below.
- This stitch can be used as a beautiful border design.
- Wheatear Stitch
- Herringbone Stitch
- Fern Stitch
- Cast On Stitch
- Basque Stitch
- Long and Short Stitch
- Trellis Stitch
- Blanket stitch
- satin stitch
- back stitch
- stem stitch
Check out the video tutorial below
So until next time,
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