Eastern Stitch

The eastern stitch is an interesting one that can add texture in the worked area. An interesting variation is when you can include a bead to it. If worked on even weave cloth, it can be used a filling stitch too. Here, I will illustrate the simple stitch technique of this stitch. It resembles closely to the Sorbello stitch, the reason why I listed this under the Palestrina family of stitches.

This stitch works from left to right. I will work between two parallel stitch lines.

Fig 1: Start by stitching A-B. Come out from C, in through A again, and then out from D. Fig 2: Pass the needle under C-A without plucking the fabric underneath.
Fig 3: Now, pass the needle under A-B without plucking the fabric underneath. Fig 4: Pull the needle out and you will see a nice pattern emerge. Take the needle in through D to finish off the stitch.
Fig 5: A single stitch looks like this. You can make individual stitches like this with spaces or scattered about. Fig 6: You can also make a row of closely made eastern stitches as shown. Just keep the stitch points B and D of the previous stitch connected to A and C of the next stitch.
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  1. Norma Mexico Chrome for iOS iPhone says:

    Hi Sarah !! I really love and appreciate your page !! I’m just a beginner, I’m just learning types and styles of stitches, and how to use them. Your website has helped me quite much! Hope to explore it more and be able to learn much more from it ! Thanks !

  2. sarah India Google Chrome Windows says:

    Hi Akila,
    Your work is beautiful. Well done. We learn how to deal with each stitch, thread and fabric when we practice more.

    Silk thread is very thin, but then, that is the point. I have worked with two strands of silk. You might take more if you feel two strands don’t look thick enough. Silk threads are better used for satin stitches and similar filling stitches. Else, try to keep the stitches shorter to avoid sagging of the thread.

    Brazilian stitch is a 3D kind of stitch which uses rayon threads. It uses a few stitches that helps in giving it that effect. Crewel embroidery is not 3D stitching and can use cotton of satin thread. This embroidery uses most of the basic stitches over a design.

    Hope this helps.

  3. akila India Google Chrome Windows says:


    hi sarah

    i love ur embroidery tutorials, and i learned so many new stitches from here
    i have done a flowervase but in htt i hve used silk thread in the pot area, its too clumpsy, but i love silk threads
    plz suggest me how many strands to use in silk threads

    and one more question is there brazilian embroidery and crewel embroidery the same and wat type of threads used for both these embroideries

    thank u in advance
    akila

  4. Pooja India Google Chrome  en-us says:

    Hi sarah,

    First of all hats of to you for taking the time and effort to put up such and elaborate and turorial based website on embroidery. I have seen a lot of tutorials on the internet, but none of them are as clear and precise as yours.

    I am a novice and want to start learning embroidery. Can you tell me what kind of thread is best for beginners? Also do you know any online stores that might sell embroidery supplies?
    And if you use cotton floss as threads, how many strands do you suggest to use? And which is the best fabric for beginners?

    Sorry for so many questions.

    Loved your website. In a way you inspired to start learning. Keep up the great work.

    Is ur e-book out yet??

    • sarah India Google Chrome Windows says:

      Hi Pooja,

      It is nice to know of your interest in hand embroidery.
      Use cotton fabric.
      You can use perle cotton as a beginner. It is a non divisible cotton yarn used for embroidery. It comes in various thickness.
      Else, I would suggest you start using cotton floss…it will help you in getting used to it. You can use 3 strands.
      You should be getting needles, embroidery threads, and even embroidery hoops in any variety or fancy store in India.

      Best wishes and enjoy!

  1. April 16, 2016

    […] La puntada de sorbello –o nudo alemán– es una puntada especializada; con ello quiero decir que no es básica: no aparece en todos los libros de bordado (como la cadeneta, el herringbone o el punto de pluma, por ejemplo. Pertenece a la familia de la palestrina y es parecida al nudo danés (tutorial aquí) y a la puntada oriental (eastern stitch). […]

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