Split Stitch is a very popular stitch especially useful for outlining a pattern. It was made with silk threads on expensive fabrics. This is strikingly similar to the split back stitch and yet is so different to it.
You will notice the difference as you learn how to do both the stitches. The split back stitch is worked from above the fabric, whereas this split stitch is split from beneath the fabric.
What you will need?
- Any fabric.
- Embroidery hoop, 15cm (6″) (Bigger if you are working on a larger design) ( You can purchase a set of 6 hoops from Amazon for your basic needs.)
- Tapestry needle
- Embroidery thread (You can buy this pack of 36 shades of the DMC embroidery floss.)
How many strands of floss do you need for making the split stitch?
You can use all 6 strands of the floss. But if you are working on a finer design, then start with 2 strands of floss and increase the number of strands according to your design. I have used all 6 strands for making this stitch. Using Perle Cotton Floss would also work great for this stitch to split.
Step by Step Pictorial Process of making the split stitch
1. Bring the thread up at point A and insert from point B to point C like a stem stitch.
2. Split the thread strands and bring the needle up in between them. You will notice that a chain stitch must have formed.
3. Keep working in a similar fashion until the end of the design.
4. Take the needle down and secure the thread with a knot.
Tips for working the split stitch
- Always take even number of strands for this stitch as it will help in splitting the stitch easily.
- The stitch pattern will depend on the length of the stitch.
What is this stitch used for?
- This stitch is generally used for outlining the embroidery pattern.
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More stitches tutorials:
- Stem Stitch
- Chain Stitch
- Running Stitch
- French Knot
- Lazy Daisy
- Back Stitch
- Cable Chain Stitch
- Fly Stitch
- Bullion Knot
- Woven Trellis Stitch
- Long And Short Stitch
Check out the video tutorial below
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