A square of stitching worked in shaded long and short stitch.

How to stitch: Long and short stitch

I’ve had a couple of requests for this tutorial, so I hope I do it justice! I’m not surprised as long and short stitch is the key stitch used in the silk shading technique. You might also have heard of…

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…