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Star eyelet stitch

This stitch consists of several straight stitches radiating out from a central hole.  The straight stitches can vary in number, length and spacing.

Star eyelet stitch is generously sponsored by Michelle Long


For main image: show several eyelet stitches of varying sizes/styles together


Mark the centre of your eyelet with a single dot.  Decide how long you want the spokes of the eyelet to be, and bring your needle up that distance from the central dot.  Take your needle down on the dot.


For the next spoke, bring your needle up a little further around the edge of the eyelet shape, then down again at the centre. Repeat until you have completed the circle.


Repeat until you have completed the circle.


Further eyelet stitches can be added to fill an area or form a pattern.

Structure of stitch

Common uses

​Eyelet stitch can be used for flowerheads and background decoration.

Embroidery Techniques

Eyelet stitches can have an odd or even number of spokes; they can be circular, oval or an irregular shape; the spokes can have even or irregular spaces between them and the length of the spokes can vary.

Variant Stitches

Identifying Star eyelet stitch

​This eyelet stitch has no definitive number of spokes, and each spoke can have varying lengths, but all spokes go through one central hole.


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.175