How to Make Chinese Suzhou Embroidery - Scale Stitch

There are 18 different stitches in Suzhou embroidery. Below is the introduction of the seventeenth stitch, scale stitch

18 - 17 Scale Stitch

Scale stitch is an embroidery technique that uses short stitches to embroider bird feathers and fish scales. The scale stitch is made on completed piece of embroidery. It must be used together with the plain or flat stitch. To make the scale stitch, start with the neck of the bird, make a horizontal stitch across the width of the scale pattern, and use a short stitch to draw the horizontal line to form a triangle (fig. a), and then use a symmetrical short tie stitch of equal distance to draw it into the form of a scale (fig. b). Continue the pattern to form the scales of the fish (fig. c).

scale stitch

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