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Round eyelet (pulled thread)

This is a pulled thread stitch, where multiple stitches radiate out from a central hole to form a circle and are pulled tight to create a central opening. Each stitch is brought up in a different hole in the fabric and goes down into the central hole of the eyelet.  They can be worked individually or combined with other pulled work stitches to form a filling pattern.

For other pulled work eyelets, see small round eyelet (pulled thread) and square eyelet (pulled thread).

Round eyelet (pulled thread) is generously sponsored by Galina Krasskova


Pull the thread tight with each stitch in order to keep a neat hole in the centre.


Bring the needle up and make a horizontal stitch four threads to the left (this is the position of the centre hole).


Bring the needle up one thread below the starting point and pull.


Take the needle down in the centre hole (four threads left and one up).


Follow the diagram for the placement of the stitches, and continue round the eyelet.


Pull the thread each time you bring the needle up through the fabric, to maintain a neat hole.


Pull the final stitch.


The finished eyelet.

Round eyelet (pulled thread)

Embroidery Techniques


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.328