Wednesday, March 30, 2011

How to do the Outline Stitch

This is a 1940's illustration on how to do the outline stitch. Very simple really. (I just realized that I have been holding my thread down, not up, as in the picture! My stitches overlap the other way. It is still pretty, either way!)

For those of you who are still feelling a bit uncertain. Here are detailed instructions.

1. Working from left to right, with needle pointing right to left, pull needle up at starting point.

2. Take a small stitch along line you want to embroider, going down on right, coming up on left.

3. Take another small stitch about 1/8 of an inch away from the one just worked.

4. Repeat step #3.

I snapped a few quick pictures this morning, but they don't really illustrate the stitch very well. Maybe I will take a few more.
I love the wrong side of vintage embroidery, all so neat and tidy. I have noticed that they never hop around, but always cut their thread and start again. So, I have tried to do the same. It makes for a lot of knots, but it is tidy!

And here are apples and grapes for you to try! If anyone is interested in the whole collection, feel free to email me, I love to share!


  1. Fun fun!! yep i think i get how to do it,but then I have seen you do it !!

  2. Very good tutorial! I like the apples and grapes. I've seen embroidery where it's solid embroidery, once it's been outlined I suppose. My grandma used to have dresser scarves that were embroidered. Maybe they were her mom's!

  3. Oh my word, I can tell you really love me,. Thank you for that great step-by-step instructions! Your work looks too good to be real though, can't you add a few flaws for assurance?
    Running to the closetto dig out my embroidery stuff...

  4. Thanks everyone for your feedback! I was a little nervous that it wasn't going to be clear.