Algerian Eye Stitch

Also known as: Star stitch, Algerian eyelet stitch

This stitch combines at least eight straight stitches to form a star-like pattern inside a square area. The Algerian eye stitch can be used as a filling stitch on even weave fabric in a wonderful way.

You need to know the straight stitch to be able to do this pattern. I will work within a roughly made square area to illustrate this stitch.

Fig 1: Bring the needle out from A, a corner of the square. Take the needle in through B, the middle of the square. Again, bring the needle out from C, a point that lies half way of one of sides fo the square, as shown. Fig 2: Now, continue the sequence of bringing the needle out through the corners and then through the middle of the sides, each time, taking it inside B. Work this all around the square.
Fig 3: The algerian eye stitch would look like this. You may add more spokes or straight stitches, but in even numbers, to get a more filled algerian eye. The minimum spokes you would want is eight, as shown here.
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  1. rebecca h United States Google Chrome Windows says:

    I love embroidery and you explain it so well. I just need the right cloth.

  2. Terry sanders United States Google Chrome  SM-G900R4 Build/KOT49H) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Chrome/30.0.0.0 Mobile Safari/537.36 says:

    Hi, I love what you have done. I have learned a lot of didn’t stitches. However, would you be able to tell me what kind of needle to use on a Jean jacket. Any input would be greatfull.

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