7 days of stitches: stem stitch

7 days of stitches: stem stitch

On to stitch 3 of the 7 days of stitches series: the STEM STITCH.

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.

This is how it’s done


1 // Stick the needle into the fabric at one stitch length and pull it up at half the length of the same stitch.


2 // Repeat to stick the needle into the fabric at one stitches length and pull it up where your last stitch ends.


// The stem stitch looks like backstitch on the backside.


Stem stitch is often used to support other stitches which makes it difficult to find artwork which features this stitch as the main stitch. Here is a selection of artwork incorporating the stem stitch:

Baobap‘s ‘fireflies walk with me’ hand embroidery

Baobap's 'fireflies walk with me' handembroidery

NaNee hand embroidery‘s ‘camping’ embroidery pattern

NaNee hand embroidery's 'camping' embroidery pattern

 At the cabin by Pumora

cabin embroidery

Wait, there is more! Here are some great examples of embroidery featuring the RUNNING STITCH curated in a Pinterest board:

pinterest borad stem stitch

This tutorial is part of 7 days of stitches. Take a look over here to see all the other stitches.




Anne is an embroidery enthusiast living in rural north eastern Germany.

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