Welcome to my hand embroidery classes dedicated to all those who want to learn how to stitch and know the different embroidery techniques. In this article there are the instructions to learn counted thread embroidery.

Counted thread embroidery requires counting the threads of the fabric and working each stitch over an exact number of threads. You can use even-weave fabric or canvas. The count of these fabric is the number of threads per square inch and this determines the size of the stitches as well as the size of the  finished embroidery.

The embroidery stitches used in counted thread embroidery are:

You can use Pekinese Stitch, Cable Stitch, Fern Stitch, Chevron Stitch, Fly Stitch and Double Knot Stitch on counted thread fabric.

It is important to know that each type of embroidery has a number of basic stitches which are generally used.

Counted Thread Embroidery

What You Need

  • Moulin√® DMC Threads
  • Fabrics
  • Needles
  • Scissors
  • Frames

Running Stitch

running stitch

With running stitch you can draw the perimeter and the middle of work you will embroider.

The running stitch is a temporary stitch used for basting and is intended to be removed. It is done using a contrasting color thread so it’s easy to see the stitches when removing them. The running stitch can be either by hand or by machine.

The stitches can be made by picking up and passing over an equal number of threads, or by picking up only 1 or 2 threads on the underside.

Work from right to left. Several stitches may be picked up on the needle before the thread is down through the fabric.

Embroidery Frame

It is one of the most important embroidery materials. When you decide to start a new work prepare your embroidery hoop and mount your fabric correctly. Place the fabric on the frame making sure that the straight tissue appears on the top of the frame.

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