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How to Long and Short Stitch

Learning how to long and short stitch can produce beautiful results on embroidery.  It’s an advanced move, that will take a bit of practice.  Eventually you will be able to shade to different colors and produce some really nice effects like my butterfly embroidery hoop.  This is just a beginner tutorial to give you the basics of the stitch.

How to Long and Short Stitch

Do a row of straight stitches, close together. (This part is similar to a satin stitch, but does not go all the way across the shape.) Vary the length of each stitch. Start a second row, coming up at 1, splitting the previous stitch thread, and down at 2. Split every stitch in the first row with a stitch in row 2.

How to Long and Short Stitch

Learn the basics of how to long and short stitch by following the video tutorial on my YouTube channel.  You can also watch it by using the video player below.

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Learn all of these other embroidery stitches by making this stitch guide sampler with me. It’s a great way to practice and a nice reference to have while you are reading other embroidery patterns.

embroidery stitches

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To watch all of the videos in this series, including some basic embroidery tips, go to my YouTube channel here. I’ll walk you through the entire process and make it super easy for you.

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