Rhodes Stitch

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Rhodes stitch is usually used to create textured square or diamond motifs in surface embroidery and needlepoint. It is made with straight stitches.

Rhodes stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

It creates a twisted center and it can be stitched in a variety of shapes and sizes. I am going to show how to stitch the square / diamond motif.

This is easier when done on even weave fabric. I have used aida.

The stitches are place between opposite sides of the square.

Start from one corner of the square and go down at the diagonally opposite corner and come back up like shown below.

Rhodes stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Come back to the left side of the square again like shown below.

Rhodes stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

The work grows up on the left side, it grows down on the right side. This causes the twisting of the threads in the center.

Rhodes stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Continue the steps and when the left and right sides have been covered, start covering the top and bottom sides of the squares.

Rhodes stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

You can also stop at this stage and add few more embellishments to make this into a butterfly.

Rhodes stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Go down to complete the square.

Rhodes stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Completed look.

Rhodes stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

The backside will look like this.

Rhodes stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

A few of these diamonds (preferably in 2 different colors) can be placed side by side to form a neat border.

Rhodes stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Rhodes stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

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