On the lookout for line stitches

When it comes to outlining, I am always trying to go beyond the usual stem stitch and outline stitch.  Of course if there's plenty of outlining to do and if the plan is to use as many stitches as possible,then stem  and outline stitches should be included.And that's what I did.

But then,with their quota over, I needed to look for more.

I tried the Knotted chain stitch.You can stitch it loosely to make clear links between each other or pull it tight. I've done the second.Here's the tutorial on Knotted chain 

Then I tried the Mountmellick stitch...Look like a mini anklet,doesn't it?
Mount mellick stitch creates tiny triangles and is a decorative line stitch .Mary Corbet has a fantastic video tutorial on this one .It reminds me of the anklet stitch too...but that's a totally different one..
Both knotted chain and Mountmellick stitch out of the way, I attempted the Scroll stitch

Here it is..very  gentle and elegant...
If scroll stitch is there,then can coral knot be far behind?

Sturdy and strong..
But I'm not done...I need more..And I'm looking to you all to help me in picking some more line stitches.
Will you,my dear readers, kindly suggest one stitch each?  That would help me a lot in my ongoing project .It has to be  a line stitch which makes a moderately thick line, not something like cretan stitch, fishbone stitch, or herringbone stitch.

By the way, I stitched another one of  my little one's drawings too...

Something fishy is going on... :)

Looking forward to see which line stitch you suggest,

Love,luck and sunshine,


  1. you have already mentioned few stitches deepa..they are the best of all...apart from that chain,couching,portugese stem,twisted chain,barred chain,rope chain,heavy chain can be used depending upon the size of stems..

  2. i have no contribution for your project other than praise for those neat even stitches!

  3. Palestrina stitch/ our portuguese ponto grilhão!
    and The Portuguese knotted stem stitch i'm very patriotic :)))

  4. That's a cute fish!
    My stitch bible lists the following for line stitches:
    running stitch, holbein, darning, backstitch, split, pekinese.
    You could try a thin chain stitch, or palestrina, rope stitch,double knot stitch, a small angled satin stitch, or couching stitch. Have fun!

  5. Thanks for all these ideas, Deepa! You fish came out so nice.

  6. Hello Deepa,
    What about palestrian stitch ? I love it !

  7. Hi Deepa... great post, lots to think about... no point in me adding any, your readers have already added a ton for you... cutest little fish, your daughter is becoming quite the little artist! Hugs.

  8. How about cable stitch,cable chain,open chain,double chain,whipped running....?
    Have fun Deepa!

  9. How many amazing stitches, some of them completely new to me. I will have to try them all!

  10. the only other one I can think of is the Pekinese... you could always do a line of bullion or french knots, though that would take a long time!

  11. Deepa,

    i love braid stitch as an outline stitch.

  12. How about Pearl stitch or a Knotted Chain?

  13. wow
    The fish smiles pretty. Because the creater is Deepa........
    I love him.

  14. nice work.

  15. Hi Deepa, just found your blog today thru Google. Fantastic. So much passion and dedication to your hobby~ loved the delightful stitched up versions of your kid's drawings too. Bookmarking your blog now!

  16. Its really nice. I loved it.

  17. Hi Deepa,

    found your blog very much interesting and resourceful as I am interested in embroidery. Also I love the way you write....

    Now just to answer your question may be a double chain stich satisfy you..... I don't know whether I am right or wrong...


  18. Hi Deepa,
    found your blog resourceful and interesting as I am a beginner in these works. I love your writings.


  19. Your stitching is extremely beautiful.

  20. Parabéns!! Teus bordados são lindíssimos.

  21. Hi Deepa, I am very excitement to get your beautiful blog that your idea began to flame a lot. I've joined your blog already n my favorite would be The Fishy.


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