Learn casting on, chain and split stitch below. The step-by-step photos and description are the slide deck on the left. The same stitch is taught as a video in the box on the right.

Casting on
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Casting on 1/3

Thread a size 22 crewel needle with Appleton wool, the length of your forearm. Make a knot in the end and do two tiny running stitches. Come up on the front of your fabric

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Casting on 2/3

Pull the knotted end's tail up firmly, slide your embroidery scissors underneath and snip off.

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Casting on 3/3

Your yarn is now secure. Cast on where you are able to cover it up later with embroidery.

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Casting on 1/3

Thread a size 22 crewel needle with Appleton wool, the length of your forearm. Make a knot in the end and do two tiny running stitches. Come up on the front of your fabric

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Chain stitch
Chain stitch

A simple, decorative stitch that takes some practice to get it even. Follow the sequence and learn how here.

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Chain 1/8

Cast on with a size 22 crewel needle

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Chain 8/8

Continue downwards in the direction of your pattern. Ensure even tension, and that all the links in the chain are identical.

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Chain stitch
Chain stitch

A simple, decorative stitch that takes some practice to get it even. Follow the sequence and learn how here.

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Split stitch
Split stitch

Create a supporting structure for filling stitches by using this really easy technique. Follow the sequence here.

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Split stitch 1/8

Cast on and bring your needle up on the outline of your shape.

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Split stitch 8/8

Finish to complete the shape. Now your ready to cover it with satin, long & short etc.

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Split stitch
Split stitch

Create a supporting structure for filling stitches by using this really easy technique. Follow the sequence here.

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More tutorials on these pages:

Filling stitches here

Decorative stitches here