Kensington outline-stitching is done by taking a long stitch forward on the upper side, and a short stitch backward on the under-side of the cloth, and is used to form a line for ornament.


An embroidery needle, embroidery silk, and a strip of cloth.

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.

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.