Sew a Split Stitch

The split stitch is great for curved lines and outlines. It also makes a smooth filling stitch when worked in rows side by side.  Start with an even number of floss strands threaded onto your needle. For a thick outline use 4 or 6 strands; for thinner outlines use 2.
1. Knot your needle, insert into the fabric and pull to the knot, then make a small stitch.
split stitch 1
 This is what it should look like:
split stitch
2. Bring the needle back up through the middle of that stitch, here’s a pic from the back as I insert the needle:
split stitch 3
Then part the previous stitch right in the middle of the even number of threads, you literally “split the stitch,” here’s a pic from the front:
split stitch 4
There you have it, a split stitch. Make another stitch and start over again.
split stitch 5
Continue along to make a pretty outline.

split stitch 6


  • October 18, 2009 - 1:57 pm | Permalink

    What a great teacher you are! I never would have thought I could do this, but you make it so easy to understand. Even my sister would be able to teach her grandson. He loves crafts and makes her things all the time. xxoo

  • October 9, 2009 - 4:53 pm | Permalink

    very clear instructions..thanks for delivering this to us..I also consider demonstrations of simple embroidery stitches..
    keep coming other stitches..

  • October 8, 2009 - 6:01 pm | Permalink

    i just finished my very first embroidery project and i used the back stitch. i think i should have used a split stitch, but i am still very please. you can tell when the darn thing is supposed to be and that is a start, right? :)

  • October 8, 2009 - 3:50 pm | Permalink

    you are so good to us…thank you!!! even i can follow this!

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