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Stitchtember - Day 18 - Fern Stitch

The fern stitch is made up from three straight stitches which creates a delicate foliage. It can be worked in a straight or curved line and can be used as branches, foliage or wreaths in your embroidery designs. Combine other embroidery stitches with the fern stitch, such as french knots on the end of the straight stitches to create different looks.

Fern 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. Bring your needle up through the back of the fabric to the front at point 1.

3. Work a straight stitch by inserting your needle into point 2.

4. Work a diagonal straight stitch by bringing your needle up at point 3.

5. Insert your needle at the end of your first straight stitch, point 4.

6. Work another diagonal stitch on the left-hand side by bringing your needle up at point 5. Ensure this stitch is in line with the previous diagonal stitch on the right.

7. Insert your needle into point 4, the end of your first straight stitch.

8. Bring your needle up at point 6, roughly the same distance away as the length of your first straight stitch.

9. Insert your needle into point 4, the end of your first straight stitch.

10. Bring your needle back up at the start of your second straight stitch, point 6.

11. Work a diagonal straight stitch on the right, by inserting your needle into point 7.

12. Bring your needle back up at the end of your second straight stitch. Then, insert your needle into point 8, to form a diagonal stitch on the left hand side.

13. Continue this process, repeating steps 8-12 until you reach the desired length of fern stitch.

14. The fern stitch is complete.

Fern stitch top tips

· Change the length of your stitches to create different looks

· Work the fern stitch in curved lines or around a circle

· Work French knots at the end of the stitches for a decorative look


Fern Stitch Video Tutorial

Happy stitching!

Hannah x

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