How to Make Chinese Suzhou Embroidery - Stem Stitch

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

18 - 9 Stem Stitch

Stem stitch is used to connect each stitch with the previous one. The stitching line is relatively bold and the individual stitches are short (fig. a). The work started by making the first stitch (1mm) at one end of the design. The second stitch is made into the first stitch hole so that each stitch is connected with the last, forming a small bead-like stitch. With the luster of the silk threads, these stitches look like crystal beads and are especially decorative (fig. b).

stem stitch

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