Master Stitch List
  1. Backstitch
  2. Stem Stitch
  3. Cross Stitch
  4. Star Stitch
  5. Herringbone Stitch
  6. Backstitched Herringbone Stitch
  7. Arrowhead Stitch
  8. Chevron Stitch
  9. Holbein I Stitch
  10. Holbein II Stitch
  11. Fern Stitch
  12. Blanket Stitch(s)
  13. Alternating Blanket Stitch(s)
  14. Double Feather Stitch
  15. Triple Feather Stitch
  16. Straight Feather Stitch
  17. Cretan Stitch
  18. Slanting Cretan Stitch
  19. Chain Stitch
  20. Detached Chain Stitch
  21. Fly Stitch
  22. Colonial Knot
  23. Straight Stitch Clusters  (includes Fan)
  24. Mock Holbein Stitch
  25. Long Armed Feather Stitch
  26. Closed Blanket Stitch(s)
  27. Interlaced Band Stitch

Groups of Stitches:
Group I:
  1. Single/straight stitch
  2. Arrow stitch
  3. Fan stitch
  4. Detached holbein stitch
  5. Comb stitch
  6. Letter stitch
  7. Shape stitch
  8. Criss cross stitch
  9. Cross stitch
  10. Star & snowflake stitch
  11. Herringbone stitch
  12. Chevron stitch
  13. Back stitch, stem stitch, outline stitch
  14. Fern, thorn stitch
  15. Satin stitch
Group II:
  1. Blanket stitch
  2. Buttonhole stitch
  3. Feather stitch
  4. Cretan stitch
Group III:
  1. Chain stitch
  2. Detached chain stitch
  3. Fly stitch
Group IV:
  1. French Knot
  2. Colonial Knot
  3. Bullion Knot
Group V:
  1. Chevron-catch stitch
  2. Cretan-catch stitch
  3. Sheaf stitch
Group VI:
  1. Interlaced stitch
  2. Threaded stitch
  3. Woven stitch
How do stitches relate to each other?
In general,
  1. Connected or continuous, such as running stitch or chevron stitch
  2. Linked, such as herringbone or chain stitch
  3. Detached, such as fan stitch groupings or star stitches
  4. Stacked or multiples, such as cross stitches, arrows
Various Ways to Set Up Stitches (Or Rows of Stitches):
  1. Continuous/ Unlinked: stitching a pattern repeat along a line (seam or drawn line)
  2. Linked/Interlinked: stitches overlap each other by an identical space
  3. Detached/Interrupted:  regularly spaced stitches with an open space between; also includes pairs or groups of stitches
  4. Offset Layering: one set of stitches is layered with another set of stitches which are placed a bit off the original spacing (can be the same stitch or another different stitch)
  5. Change of Orientation: Most stitches appear to have an upright position but can be stitched in other directions for effect
  6. Stacked: identical stitches (or rows of stitches) are upon each other with various amounts of spacing between
  7. Nesting: Stitches (or rows of stitches) stitched so one fits into the shape of another; generally, the same stitch
  8. Offset Multiple: stitches (or rows of stitches)  where each additional stitch (or rows of stitches)  is moved to the right (creating a pattern)
  9. Mirror Image:  when a stitch (or rows of stitches) is flipped or mirrored upon itself.
When Combining Stitches:
  1. One stitch is primarily dominant.  To show dominance, the stitch will be noticable, greater in size, have particular thread (color, type, strands) or be embellished.
  2. Embellishers enhance dominant stitches.  Examples of embellishers are knots, straight stitches, detached chain stitches, fly stitches, and various combinations of all of the above.
  3. Stitch clusters are groups of stitches worked as a cluster repeatedly across a seam (or section).  Examples would be a detached chain flower or a fan made of straight stitches.  In essence, the cluster becomes its own new stitch combination (group).
Where to Place Stitches--What to Do with Stitches:
  1. Near a Seam
  2. Around an Applique Shape
  3. Within a Block or Patch
  4. Filling a Background
  5. Combine Stitches for a new stitch combination
  6. Combine Groups of Stitches
  7. Shapes--let stitches become parts of a shape
  8. Change Stitch Orientation
  9. Add Embellishers (enhancement stitches to make basic stitches appear more complex)
  10. Use Stitches to form Words or Letters
  11. Use Stitches to form Pictures
Marking Stitches:
  1. Directly on the fabric
  2. Onto stabilizer (tearaway or paper), then basting to fabric as a guide
  3. No Marking -- Freeform Style
Stitch Lines or Paths:
  1. Straight line, Dashed line
  2. Curved line, Double Helix
  3. Zigzag line, Detached Zigzag line
  4. Holbein line, Slanted Holbein line


Susan said...

Picture of how I organized my CS templates Templates no longer available at Evening Star or Pink Bunny, as far as I know. The tag in the sidebar (or bottom of this post) that says "Carole Samples book/templates" shows some of the things I did with them early on.

Sampler posts This link goes to all the posts with the sampler tag and they show the 4 x 6 aida cloth samples I made when we were going through Miss Carole's book, from Sept. 2007 to November of 2008. I must have forgotten to tag a few of them, but you can see some of the experimentation if you are interested.

Debra Spincic said...

Thanks, Susan, very helpful!