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Vandyke Stitch

Vandyke stitch is braided stitch that has arms extending from a central spine that resembles a braid.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

This is a pretty easy stitch and it is very similar to cross stitch.

Start at A and pierce the fabric and go down at B and come back up at C. The braided spine will be as thick as the distance between B and C.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

In this demo, B and C are not at the same level as A. This creates the tapered look at the top. If B and C are at the same level as A, the top edge will be flat.

Take the needle down at D. Note how D is horizontally at the same level as A.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Go down at D and come back up slightly below A at E.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

The stitch will now look like this. If you look carefully, you just made a distorted cross stitch.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

In the first step, we made a small straight stitch in the central braided spine between B and C. Similarly stitch a straight stitch slightly below it.

For those who are new to embroidery, it might be hard to find a spot right below B and C. I have included a tip for it below this tutorial.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Now the stitch should look like this.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Repeat the above mentioned steps.

Go back down to the right side and pierce fabric and go down and come back up on the left side.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

And stitch the short straight stitch like so.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

And continue

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Tip:
Here is the tip that will make it easier to stitch the short stitches in the spine.

When making the diagonal stitch that goes down to the right, don’t pull the thread all the way through. You will be able to see the spot easily this way.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Let the needle go down and come back up in the spine but keep it inserted into the fabric. Now pull the working thread and tighten the previous stitch.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Now push the needle through.

Continue working till the pattern demands.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

The reverse side of the fabric will look like this.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Completed work should look like this.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

Vandyke stitch is usually used as a border stitch.

Vandyke stitch - hand embroidery tutorial

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