Completed raised stem band rectangle worked in blue crewel wool.

How to stitch: Raised stem band

I think raised stem band is a lovely stitch. It really satisfies my sense of order and neatness! I also like the way it can help me to create some subtle dimension in my stitching. As the name might suggest,…

Long parallel stitches are being secured in place with perpendicular rows of couching.

How to stitch: Laid work

Laid work and couching are very closely linked. I’ve seen laid work described as a type of couching and I’ve also seen couching described as a type of laid work. I’m not sure which way around is technically correct! In…

Close up of springer spaniel textured ear in blackwork embroidery.

Creating texture in blackwork embroidery

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted an update on my blackwork assessment piece for the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) certificate. I’ve enjoyed and learnt so much while stitching this piece. Meaning there’s loads I want to share!…

A curved line of blue threads couched down with purple stitches.

How to stitch: Couching

When thinking about embroidery stitches, I don’t think a couching stitch is one of the first to come to mind. However it opens up a number of different possible effects for your stitching. Plus you can it stitch it relatively…

An oval stitched in satin stitch.

How to stitch: Satin stitch

Satin stitch is often one of the first stitches that you’ll come across when getting into embroidery. Which lulled me into thinking it’s an “easy” stitch. Actually, I found it one of the trickiest stitches to work to the standard…

Image showing a ring of split stitch.

How to stitch: Split stitch

I think split stitch looks like a mini chain stitch. So I thought it would be a good one to follow on from the chain stitch tutorial. Below you can see split stitch on the left, chain stitch (using the…

Crewelwork embroidery of a green and purple hummingbird in flight around pink flowers.

Learning how to get out of my own way

Let me take you back to July 2019. I’d just posted my first commission off to Stitch magazine and was feeling super pumped. I jumped straight into designing my next pattern. After years of dreaming of starting a creative business,…