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Eyelet Stitch

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The eyelet stitch, similar in appearance to the Smyrna cross stitch, is composed of half stitches and straight stitches.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Note: The instructions that follow are for stitching over two squares of Aida fabric.

    Start the eyelet stitch with a waste knot for best results.

    Begin by bringing the threaded needle up at 1. Stitch a half stitch into the center (indicated by the white dot).

  2. Stitch a straight stitch from 2 into the center of the square.

  3. Stitch a quarter stitch from point 3 into the center of the square.

  4. Bring the needle up at 4 and stitch a straight stitch into the center.

  5. Bring the threaded needle up at 5 and stitch a quarter stitch into the center of the square.

  6. Stitch another straight stitch into the center of the square at 6.

  7. At point 7, stitch a final quarter stitch into the center of the square.

  8. The final stitch of the simple eyelet stitch is a straight stitch from point 8 into the center of the square.

  9. Clip the waste knot and use the needle to wind the floss behind the back of the stitches to secure it.

Tips:

  1. Pull the stitches tightly and the circle in the center of the square will be larger, enhancing the appearance of the eyelet stitch.

  2. When securing the floss, be careful to avoid passing it behind the center of the eyelet. Wind it under the backs of the stitches to secure it.
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