Stitch Dictionary

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Embroidery Stitches:

This list is constantly growing and changing.  

2 Needle Appliqué, also 2 Needle Bead Couching
3 Bead Backstitch
6 Bead Backstitch

A:

Algerian Eye Stitch, also Algerian Eyelet Stitch and Star Eyelet
Arrowhead Stitch

B:

Back Stitch, also Point de Sable
Back Stitch - 3 Bead, see 3 Bead Back Stitch
Back Stitch - 6 Bead, see 6 Bead Back Stitch
Back Stitch - Beaded, see Beaded Back Stitch
Back Stitch - Double, see Double Back Stitch
Back Stitch - Split, see Split Back Stitch
Backstitched Chain Stitch
Barrier Stitch, see Bosnia Stitch
Basketweave
Beaded Back Stitch
Beaded Chain Stitch
Beaded Cross Stitch
Beaded Open Cretan Stitch
Beaded Extended Fly Stitch
Beaded Feather Stitch
Beaded Fly Stitch
Beaded Herringbone Stitch
Beaded Tent Stitch, also Beaded Needlepoint
Blanket Stitch
Closely Placed Blanket Stitch)
Blanket Stitch - Double, see Double Blanket Stitch
Blanket Stitch - Uneven, see Uneven Blanket Stitch
Blanket Stitch - Up and Down, see Up and Down Blanket Stitch
Bokhara Couching, also Couching - Bokhara
Bosnia Stitch, also Barrier Stitch and Fence Stitch
Bullion Stitch, also Bullion Knot and Bullion Bar
Bullion Tipped Lazy Daisy Stitch, also Lazy Daisy, Bullion Tipped and Detached Chain, Bullion Tipped
Buttonhole Stitch (Closely Placed Blanket Stitch); True Buttonhole Stitch; also Tailor's Buttonhole Stitch

There is some debate over this stitch and the diagram and stitch I have used is the one most commonly shown in embroidery reference books as "Buttonhole" stitch.  However, Marion Scoular, has made it her mission to distinguish true buttonhole stitch from what is simply a variation on the blanket stitch.  You can read her article and see her stitch diagrams by clicking here.  

I also added some photos of the differences in these stitches here

C:

Cable Stitch
Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch, see Backstitched Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch, Beaded, see Beaded Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch - Detached, see Detached Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch - Lazy Daisy, see Detached Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch - Open, see Open Chain Stitch
Chain Stitch - Zig Zag, see Zig Zag Chain Stitch
Chained Feather Stitch, also Feather Stitch - Chained
Chevron Stitch
Closed Feather Stitch, also Feather Stitch - Closed
Closed Fly Stitch, also Fly Stitch - Closed
Closed Herringbone Stitch, also Herringbone Stitch - Closed
Couching
Couching - Bokhara, see Bokhara Couching
Cretan Stitch - Beaded Open, see Beaded Open Cretan Stitch
Crewel Stitch, see Stem Stitch
Cross Stitch, also Sampler Stitch
Cross Stitch - Beaded, see Beaded Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch - Half, see Half Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch - Long Arm, see Long-Arm Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch - Reversible, see Reversible Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch - Three Quarter, see Three Quarter Cross Stitch

D:

Daisy Stitch, see Detached Chain Stitch
Detached Chain Stitch, also Lazy Daisy, Daisy Stitch, Tied Loop Stitch and Picot Stitch
Detached Chain, Bullion Tipped, also Bullion Tipped Lazy Daisy Stitch and Lazy Daisy, Bullion Tipped
Diamond Eyelet Stitch, see Diamond Eye Stitch
Double Back Stitch, also Back Stitch - Double, Shadow Work Stitch, Reverse Herringbone
Double Blanket Stitch
Double Cross Stitch, also Smyrna Cross and Leviathan
Double Feather Stitch, also Feather Stitch - Double
Double Running Stitch, also Holbein Stitch, Line Stitch, Two-sided Line Stitch, Square Stitch and Spanish Stitch
Double Tied Cross Stitch, also Large Tied Cross Stitch
Double Upright Cross Stitch

E:

Extended Fly Stitch, also Fly Stitch - Extended
Extended Fly Stitch - Beaded, see Beaded Extended Fly Stitch
Eyelet - Pierced, see Pierced Eyelet
Eyelet Stitch
Eyelet Stitch - Algerian, see Algerian Eyelet Stitch
Eyelet Stitch - Diamond, see Diamond Eyelet Stitch

F:

Feather Stitch
Feather Stitch - Beaded, see Beaded Feather Stitch
Feather Stitch - Chained, see Chained Feather Stitch
Feather Stitch - Closed, see Closed Feather Stitch
Feather Stitch - Double, see Double Feather Stitch
Fence Stitch, see Bosnia Stitch
Fern Stitch
Fishbone Stitch
Fly Stitch
Fly Stitch - Beaded, see Beaded Fly Stitch
Fly Stitch - Closed, see Closed Fly Stitch
Fly Stitch - Extended, see Extended Fly Stitch
Four-sided Stitch, also Square Openwork Stitch and Four-sided Openwork Stitch
Four-sided Openwork Stitch, see Four-sided Stitch

G:

Ghiordes Knot , see Turkey Stitch

H: 

Half Cross Stitch, also Cross Stitch - Half
Herringbone Stitch
Herringbone Stitch - Beaded, see Beaded Herringbone Stitch
Herringbone Stitch - Closed, see Closed Herring Bone Stitch
Herringbone Stitch - Tied, see Tied Herringbone Stitch
Holbein Stitch, see Double Running Stitch

I:

Interlaced Running Stitch, also Running Stitch - Interlaced
  Invisible Ladder Stitch, also Ladder Stitch

J:

K:

  Kensington Stitch, see Split Stitch

L:

Ladder Stitch, see Invisible Ladder Stitch
Large Tied Cross Stitch, see Double Tied Cross Stitch
Lattice Stitch
Lazy Daisy, see Detached Chain Stitch
 Lazy Daisy, Bullion Tipped, also Bullion Tipped Lazy Daisy Stitch and Detached Chain, Bullion Tipped
Lazy Stitch
Leviathan, see Double Cross Stitch
Line Stitch, see Double Running Stitch
Long-Arm Cross Stitch, also Cross Stitch - Long Arm

M:

N:

O:

Open Chain Stitch, also Ladder Stitch, Roman Chain Stitch and Square Chain Stitch
Open Cretan Stitch
Open Cretan Stitch - Beaded, see Beaded Open Cretan Stitch
Outline Stitch

P:

Picot Stitch, see Detached Chain Stitch
Pierced Eyelet
Plush Stitch, see Turkey Stitch
Point de Sable, see Back Stitch

Q:

R:

Reversible Cross Stitch, also Cross Stitch - Reversible
Rice Stitch
Roman Chain Stitch, see Open Chain Stitch
Running Stitch, also Saddle Stitch
Running Stitch - Interlaced, see Interlaced Running Stitch

S:

Saddle Stitch, see Running Stitch
Sampler Stitch, see Cross Stitch
Shadow Work Stitch, see Double Back Stitch
Sheaf Stitch
Shell Stitch
Smyrna Cross, see Double Cross Stitch
South Kensington Stitch, see Stem Stitch
Spanish Stitch, see Double Running Stitch  
Split Back Stitch
Split Stitch, see Kensington Stitch
Square Chain Stitch, see Open Chain Stitch
Square Openwork Stitch, see Four-sided Stitch
Square Stitch, see Double Running Stitch
St. George's Cross Stitch, see Upright Cross Stitch
Stalk Stitch, see Stem Stitch
Star Eyelet, see Algerian Eye Stitch
Stem Stitch, also Crewel Stitch, South Kensington Stitch and Stalk Stitch
Straight Stitch, also Stroke Stitch
Stroke Stitch, see Straight Stitch

T:

Tailor's Buttonhole Stitch
Tent Stitch
Tent Stitch - Beaded, see Beaded Tent Stitch, also Beaded Needlepoint
Tête de Boeuf (Bull's Head) Stitch
Thread-up Stem Stitch, see Outline Stitch
Three Quarter Cross Stitch, also Cross Stitch - Three Quarter
Tied Cross Stitch
Tied Loop Stitch, see Detached Chain Stitch
Tied Herringbone Stitch, also Herringbone Stitch - Tied
Trellis Stitch
Triangle Stitch
Turkey Stitch, also Turkey Work Stitch and Plush Stitch
Turkey Rug Stitch, see Turkey Stitch
Two-sided Line Stitch, see Double Running Stitch

U:

Uneven Blanket Stitch
Up and Down Blanket Stitch
Upright Cross Stitch, also St. George's Cross Stitch

V:

W:

Wave Stitch

X:

Y:

Z:

  Zig Zag Chain Stitch

Combination Stitches/Seam Treatments:

Open Cretan + Chain Stitch + Fly Stitch
Open Cretan + French Knot + Fly Stitch
Detached Chain + French Knot + Fly Stitch
Detached Chain + French Knot + Extended Fly

Straight Stitch + Detached Chain + French Knots

Tête de Boeuf + Sheaf Stitch

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