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Pekinese stitch

Pekinese stitch for hand embroidery is a fun way to follow a curve, and can be easily modified in several different ways (e.g., by changing how many strands of floss you use, how close together you make your stitches, how tightly or loosely you pull your loops, and by your color choices).


Photo of an embroidery hoop with colorful circles stitched onto white fabric.
Finished sampler using Pekinese stitches!

As always, I've provided you with written and photo instructions in this blog post, and included a video tutorial at the end of the post for those of you who find video instruction to be easier to follow.


Step 1: Stitch your base using back stitch.


I have a full tutorial available for back stitch available to you if you need help stitching this base.



Step 2: Once you've finished your back stitching, bring up your floss just next to one of the holes from a back stitch.



Step 3: Bring your needle underneath the next back stitch up.


Do not pierce your fabric or your floss; your needle will not go back through your fabric until you're finished with your line of stitching.



Step 4: Weave your needle underneath the first back stitch (that you skipped in Step 3) and underneath your new floss, and pull.



Step 5: Continue this method of weaving until you've finished your line of stitching.