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Raised stem band stitch

​This is a stem stitch worked on a foundation ladder of parallel stitches.

 

Raised stem band stitch is generously sponsored by Embroiderers’ Guild Queensland

Method

​This stitch makes a solid, slightly raised shape and is the perfect stitch to portray insect bodies or perhaps the bark of a tree. Any thread can be used. The bars can be anything between 2mm and 1cm apart, depending on the size of the shape.

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1

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.

2

Start a new thread at the right hand base of your shape and change to a tapestry needle

3

Pass the thread over and back under the first bar, pointing the needle towards the left hand base of the shape.

4

Pass the thread over and under the second bar, pointing the needle towards the left hand base of the shape.

5

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.

6

Take the needle through to the back of the fabric when you reach the end of the shape and secure.

7

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.

8

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.

9

Continue to fill the shape and cover the base stitches.

Raised stem band 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.

References

  • Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.57