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Stitchtember - Day 15 - Star Stitch

Updated: Sep 16, 2023

Star stitch is also known as the Algerian eye stitch or star eyelet stitch. It's made up from several straight stitches worked into a central point. It can be used on it's own as a decorative stitch, or you could try working it on top of a satin stitch flower.


Star stitch tutorial


Materials:

· Fabric – cotton or linen fabric works well. I used osnaburg fabric which is 100% seeded cotton, but you can use any spare fabric you already have.

· Stranded embroidery thread

· Needle

· Scissors


Optional:

· Embroidery hoop


For your reference, during this tutorial I am using osnaburg 100% cotton seeded fabric, black DMC stranded cotton embroidery thread, a hand embroidery needle and a 5” DMC beechwood embroidery hoop.


1. Thread your needle using stranded embroidery thread. For this tutorial I am using four strands of DMC stranded embroidery thread. You can choose how many strands of embroidery thread you would like to work with.


2. To practice the star stitch, start by drawing a square on your fabric, with lines through the central and diagonal points, using a heat erasable or water erasable pen.

3. Bring your needle up at point 1, the middle of the top of the square.

4. Pull your needle and thread all the way through so the knot is secure on the back of the fabric.

5. Insert your needle into the centre of the square, point 2.

6. Bring your needle back up at point 3, the right corner of the square.

7. Insert your needle into the centre of the square, point 2.

8. Bring your needle back up at point 4.

9. Insert your needle into the centre of the square, point 2.

10. Bring your needle up at point 5.

11. Repeat this process, working in a clockwise direction, bringing your needle out at the corner points and into the centre. Then out at the middle side points and into the centre.

12. The star stitch is complete.

13. Remove the drawn lines on the fabric, either with a hairdryer or iron for a heat erasable pen or water for a water erasable pen.

Star stitch top tips:

  • Vary the size of the star stitch to create different effects

  • Stitch multiple star stitches on your fabric to create an all over pattern

  • Vary the length and number of the stitches to create a different look

  • Add a French knot at the end of each stitch to create a different look

Star Stitch Video Tutorial

Happy stitching!

Hannah x



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