Basket Stitch

This stitch is useful, especially if you want to fill broad stems. The weaves come out beautifully making it an interesting stitch to do, especially with threads like Perle cotton or silk. The curves take on easily, but not too sharp curves.

I will work between two parallel stitch lines.

Fig 1: Bring the needle out from A, go in through B and out through C, as shown. Points A and B are diagonal to each other, while B and C are at the same level. Fig 2: Now, we do a diagonal stitch upwards. So,go in through D and come out through E. Note that E lies at a point between A and B, and at the same level as D.
Fig 3: Now, we continue with doing diagonal stitches between the stitch lines, each one parallel to the earlier ones. So, take the needle in through F and out through G, as shown. E-F is parallel to A-B. Fig 4: Then, we do an upward diagonal stitch G-B, taking out the needle through C. So, from now on, we revisit earlier stitch points when working upward diagonal stitches.
Fig 5: Follow this technique making upward and downward diagonal stitches woven into each other. Fig 6: The final effect would be like this. You can space them out or even close them in to suit your convenience.
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26 Responses

  1. Sumaiya India Google Chrome Windows says:

    Hello Sarah,
    I have no words to praise u. Ur tutorials r jst awesome. They r amazing.
    Thank u soooooo… much.
    God bless u & ur family.

  2. Madhu India Safari iPad says:

    Very nice stitch. Cd use as a border along with other stitches. Thanks Sarah.

  3. vijiyalakshmi Norway Opera Mini Unknow Os says:

    thankyou so much for your reply sarah .may god bless you and your family.

  4. Hi, Sarah. I just found that the basket stitch is not listed in the stitch dictionary. 😉

    • sarah India Internet Explorer Windows says:

      Hi Maria. Yes, you are right. I usually update the picture and stitch dictionary in bulk. Next time when I update both, I will add whatever I haven’t. 🙂

  5. vijiyalakshmi Norway Opera Mini Unknow Os says:

    hai sarah i like to learn long and short stich please teach me.

  6. vijiyalakshmi Norway Opera Mini Unknow Os says:

    sarah i have no words to praise are good teacher.thankyou .

  7. vijiyalakshmi Norway Opera Mini Unknow Os says:

    hai sarah my name is viji .i am from tamilnadu .i love embrodery .i like this site.thankyou so much i learnt many stiches from this site great work. i like to learn kutch work please try to teach me sarah.thankyou viji

    • vijiyalakshmi Norway Opera Mini Unknow Os says:

      sarah why you dint give me any reply to my comments .you dont like me .

      • rocksea Google Chrome Windows says:

        Hi viji, we have a full time family with 2 kids! so tutorials are prepared as per convenience of sarah, when she has time and energy. If you have a question about a particular stitch or embroidery, she might reply; but to work out requests for new stitches takes time!

  8. Sweety India Mozilla Firefox Windows says:

    Hi Sarah madam,
    I feel very thankful to u for this great work.recently i have joined embroidery class and got cheated by a lady…she taught me only twelve basic stitches and told this is enough to make designs..But thanks to her coz it stimulates me to know more about this through your site..I am daily learning and trying stitches from Ur site…plz give some patterns for each stitch, so that it will be helpful to know which stitch is used for which designs…..



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