This section is from the book "School Needlework. A Course of Study in Sewing designed for use in Schools", by Olive C. Hapgood. Also available from Amazon: School Needlework: A Course Of Study In Sewing Designed For Use In Schools.
1. Work from you, holding the cloth over the left forefinger.
2. Draw the needle through from underneath, at the lower end.
3. Insert the needle one-eighth of an inch above, and two or three threads to the right, bringing it out at the left one-sixteenth of an inch above the place where the thread comes through the cloth (Fig. 93).
4. Continue in this way, keeping the thread to the right of the needle, and being careful not to draw the stitches tight.
Fig. 93. - Showing Kensington outline-stitches, needle in position.
Some prefer keeping the thread to the left of the needle. Stem-stitching is similar to outline-stitching, except that the needle is put farther back.