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The split stitch is a basic embroidery stitch that can be used to outline an image, or can be used as a filler if you put the lines closer to each other. To create this thicker line of stitching, stab the previous stitch from below to create a continuous line.
Prepare Your Thread
Select the desired embroidery yarn color. We recommend embroidering with our wool yarn, Array.
Thread the needle, doubling the yarn so you have an even length hanging on each side, and tie a small knot at the end.
Step 1: Starting to Embroider Split Stitch
Start by bringing the threaded needle up from the back of your fabric to the front, until your knot hits the fabric.
Before you make your first stitch, decide how long you want your stitches to be.
Take your needle back through the fabric from front to back one stitch length away from the beginning of your stitch.
Step 2: Continuing to Embroider Split Stitch
Now, with the needle underneath again, bring your needle up at a spot near the end but within the previous stitch, splitting the threads of the previous stitch.
Repeat with as many stitches as you would like.
Step 3 (optional): Split Stitch as a Filler Stitch
To use the split stitch as a filler stitch, create an outline of the image, and then fill in with rows of stitches either next to each other or spaced slightly apart.
Video Tutorial - Split Stitch
Prefer to learn by video? Watch our step-by-step split stitch video.
If you’re ready to learn more embroidery stitches, our Zollie Beginner Embroidery Kit has all of the materials, written and video instructions you need to complete 3 projects illustrated by Arounna Khounnoraj of Bookhou. It’s the perfect kit if you’re brand new to embroidery, or rusty with your skills and looking for some support. Come join us!
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