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Stem Stitch

(Crewel Stitch, Stalk Stitch, South Kensington Stitch)
A variation of the Back Stitch, gives a spiral look. It is actually the wrong side of the properly executed Back Stitch. Made up of a series of single stitches which are worked in the "sewing" method. Bring the needle back to the front at 1. Insert needle at 2 and immediately slip needle up through 3 carefully to keep thread below the needle's point. 3 now becomes 1 to repeat. copyright 2002 CDA Member Firms