Thorn Stitch

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Thorn stitch is used to embroider branches. It is a couching stitch where a long laid stitch is couched with cross stitches.

thorn stitch - hand embroidery tutorials

A long base stitch is first made. Bring needle up at 1 and go down at 2. Come back up at 3.

thorn stitch - hand embroidery tutorials

Now we will stitch a cross stitch to couch the long straight stitch. Go above the laid stitch and then down, pick up a few strands of the fabric and come back up on the other side like shown below.

thorn stitch - hand embroidery tutorials

thorn stitch - hand embroidery tutorials

End the thorn by going down at 5.

thorn stitch - hand embroidery tutorials

Come back up at 6 and start the next thorn.

thorn stitch - hand embroidery tutorials

thorn stitch - hand embroidery tutorials

thorn stitch - hand embroidery tutorials

Completed look.

thorn stitch - hand embroidery tutorials

thorn stitch - hand embroidery tutorials

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