The Stem stitch makes a rope-like line. How heavy the rope depends upon the thread you use. Stem stitch can be very delicate and can be used on the most delicate embroidery pieces. Or it can be bold. This stitch is very useful if you need to embroider curves, waves or little circles. As the name of the stitch suggests, it’s widely used to embroider leaves and stems of the plants. Also, stem stitch can be used to fill an area, by working rows of stem stitch close together.
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Read more about the Filling stitches for hand embroidery in my article “Hand embroidery Filling stitches- part 1”
Watch a video lesson below to learn how to use the Stem stitch for filling.