Raised stem band stitch
Start by stitching a ladder to fill the shape, bringing the needle up on alternate sides in order to make short stitches on the back.
Start a new thread at the right hand base of your shape and change to a tapestry needle
Pass the thread over and back under the first bar, pointing the needle towards the left hand base of the shape.
Pass the thread over and under the second bar, pointing the needle towards the left hand base of the shape.
Continue working over and under each bar towards the top of the shape. Avoid over-tightening the stitches, they should lie flat without distorting the bars.
Take the needle through to the back of the fabric when you reach the end of the shape and secure.
Start a new thread at the base again repeating the last line.
Again, take the needle down when you reach the end of the shape.
Continue to fill the shape with more rows, each starting from the base of the shape.
Different colours and shades can be used across the shape.
Structure of stitch
Identifying Raised stem band stitch
Raised stem band stitch can be identified by its repetitive bands of thread that have been looped around a row of parallel straight stitches that are at 90 degrees to the bands.
Mary Thomas, Jan Eaton, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (Revised Edition) (1989) , p.57