How to Make Chinese Suzhou Embroidery - Flat Overlap Stitch

There are 18 different stitches in Suzhou embroidery. Below is the introduction of the fourth stich, flat overlap stitch

18 - 4 Flat Overlap Stitch

A small section of embroidery is evenly divided into several layers, each 1 or 2 cm. The first layer is embroidered with the plain stitch to make the edge (fig. a). The other layers are called “overlaps”. The lines of the overlaps are about one-tenth longer than the lines for the edge, and they overlap the edge lines by six-tenths of the length of the edge stitches. The spaces of the loose stitches coincide with the thickness of the lines (fig. b). The length of the lines of the third layer is the same as that of the second layer (fig. c). When each of the stitches is inserted into the space of the second layer, they must be connected with the ends of the lines in the first layer ( fig. d). The work in the remaining layer is done with this technique. When the edge is embroidered, the stitching must be neat. All of the embroidered lines must be of the same thickness, and the lines must go in the same direction.

flat overlap stitch

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