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Padded straight stitch


Padded straight stitch



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Padded straight stitch works well with ribbon when you require a puffed-up

stitch for a rose bud or a petal of a flower.


To form the stitch, make a smaller straight stitch first and cover it with a slightly larger straight stitch.


Work over a spare tapestry needle so the stitches are slightly raised off the surface of the design

and use a gentle tension so as not to flatten the stitches.



Here is another example:





If necessary, use a matching thread and tiny stab stitches to shape the stitch along the edge and tips.


Stitch diagram is © Metz Press and Di van Niekerk.

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