The eyelet stitch, similar in appearance to the Smyrna cross stitch, is composed of half stitches and straight stitches.
Time Required: Varies
- 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).
- Stitch a straight stitch from 2 into the center of the square.
- Stitch a quarter stitch from point 3 into the center of the square.
- Bring the needle up at 4 and stitch a straight stitch into the center.
- Bring the threaded needle up at 5 and stitch a quarter stitch into the center of the square.
- Stitch another straight stitch into the center of the square at 6.
- At point 7, stitch a final quarter stitch into the center of the square.
- The final stitch of the simple eyelet stitch is a straight stitch from point 8 into the center of the square.
- Clip the waste knot and use the needle to wind the floss behind the back of the stitches to secure it.
- Pull the stitches tightly and the circle in the center of the square will be larger, enhancing the appearance of the eyelet stitch.
- 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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