Also called buttonhole stitch when stitches are close together
Uses: straight and curved edgings, couching, laidwork, cut work, straight and curved outlines (when worked small).
Uses: straight and curved lines with s flowing textural effect, decorative bands and borders.
Working from left to right : Needle up at 1, form a clockwise loop and hold down with your left thumb. Needle down at 2, and up at 3, pull through. Repeat. Fasten off by making a small stitch along the line.
Uses: to anchor a thread at the beginning of a project. It is not the same as an away knot, as just the knot is snipped off and the end of the thread has been incorporated in to the back of the line of stitching as one proceeds.
Working from right to left, go down at 1, and up at 2, in the line of stitching. Begin stitching, going over the thread in the back. When the knot is reached, snip it off, that is the only waste of thread to this anchoring method.
Uses: Straight and curved lines.
Bring needle up at 1 and insert in the same place bringing needle up at 2, looping thread under the needle as shown.
Insert needle in the same place as 2, inside the loop of the first stitch, looping thread beneath the needle as before, bring needle up at 3.
Repeat as required. All stitches should be the same length.
To fasten off, secure the last loop of the chain with a tiny stitch.
Uses: Straight and curved lines, and outlines, especially for cross stitch, Blackwork and Assisi.
Uses: Starting a thread where there is no place to anchor the thread.
Start with an ‘away’ knot. The away knot is typically on the front of your work. Take a couple of large stitches to leave enough tail to your away knot so that you will be able to snip the knot off later and thread the needle to anchor the thread neatly in the back of your work.
If you are out lining you can start by anchoring your thread in the back of what it is that you are outlining.
For the back stitch, stitching left to right, come up at 1, down at 2, and up at 3. Next stitch, go down in the previous 1 , sharing the hole, up at 2 and down again at 3, and so on.
Stitched all the way around, each stitched over 4 threads in this sample, so that all of the stitches are the same size
Finishing tail woven in on the back
Both tails woven in on the back