|Stem stitch, outline stitch and wheat
stitch are stitches with very little stretch, and as such, are
perfect for using as the first row on the necklines of bishop
style garments. Use a long piece of thread to try to avoid ending
off and joining on in the center of the row, as this will often
show in your work as an uneven stitch. Make a habit of regularly
holding your fabric up and letting the needle dangle down freely,
to untwist the thread, as you stitch.
|| Begin as per instructions for starting a row of stitches.
Stem stitch is made with the needle passing horizontally through
the pleat and with the thread always under the needle.
Give a gentle upward tug as you finish each stitch. Work slowly.
Keep your tension constant and use the tip of your needle to straighten
up as you go along. Remember to keep the "bite" of your stitches
| Begin as before. Outline stitch is made with the needle
passing horizontally through pleat and with the thread always
over the needle. Gently tug the thread downward as each
stitch is finished.
|| 1. Stitch a row of outline stitch.
2. Directly below this stitch a row of stem stitch.
Work slowly and carefully, straightening
up your stitches as you go with the tip of your needle. No fabric
should show between the two rows.