UPDATE: Originally I wrote this post in February 2014 as a tutorial series. However, I recently felt that it would be great to vamp this series up and add some new insights of my own, picture examples and a pinterest board to get in the mood to start stitching! So if you are reading this in 2016 and later: Hello! You are reading the better and improved version
Stem stitch is an elegant line stitch that resembles a rope. The slanting segments make this stitch blend the single stitches into a smoother line than the more distinct segments of back stitch or chain stitch.
Here is how it works:
Stem stitch is often used to support other stitches which makes it difficult to find artwork which feature this stitch as the main stitch. However here is a selection of artwork incorporating the stem stitch:
Looking for a pattern to practice the stem stitch? Here are some of my patterns:
Wait, there is more! Here are some great examples of embroidery featuring the RUNNING STITCH curated in a Pinterest board: