How to Make Chinese Suzhou Embroidery - Long-and-short Stitch

There are 18 different stitches in Suzhou embroidery. Below is the introduction of the sixth stitch, long-and-short stitch

18 - 6 Long-and-short Stitch

Long-and-short stitch is very similar to the free overlap stitch. The difference is that the lines in the free overlap stitch lie flat. The stitch marks of the free overlap stitch are hidden between the lines, while those in the long-and-short stitch are visible.

The long-and-short stitch is used mostly for embroidering flowers, plants tree trunks and rocks. In the first layer, long and short lines are arranged with a neat edge (fig. a). In the second layer, stitches of the same length are inserted in the spaces of the first layer, stitches of the third layer are inserted in the spaces of the second layer (fig. b). The remaining layers are embroidered according to this pattern. Because the lines are connected layer by layer, the embroidered face is flat and thin, and the stitches are visible. The composition of the lines is more flexible and color gradations aren’t as rigid.

long-and-short stitch

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