Double twist stitch
Prepare for double twist stitch by following the drawn thread removal technique ‘Drawn thread removal (alternative preparation)’.
For this sample, the hem stitch was worked to gather the threads in bunches of two and your number of threads needs to be divisible by four.
Cast on in the overwoven end and count over four bunches.
Pass the needle back under two bunches and bring the needle up.
Count back over two bunches and take the needle down.
Count under four branches and bring the needle up.
Pull the thread tight to twist the bunches together. Be careful to pull straight along the centre line so that the twist forms neatly.
Continue in this way.
The finished sample of double twist.
Structure of stitch
Double twist stitch is a great stitch for a reasonably wide border.
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.339