Learn to: EMBROIDERY – split stitch

The split stitch looks a lot like a chain stitch, but thinner. If you missed out on previous posts in this series, here they are:

HOW TO: EMBROIDERY – 1. prepping the hoop

HOW TO: EMBROIDERY – 2. running stitch

HOW TO: EMBROIDERY – 3. back stitch

HOW TO: EMBROIDERY – 4. reverse chain stitch

Now to get straight into the split stitch!


1. Cut a piece of embroidery thread/floss no longer than around 40cm. You could make it longer, but it will be a little cumbersome to deal with. Thread one side of the thread through the embroidery needle and pull through around 5-10cm of the thread. Tie a knot at the other end of the floss.



2. Thread your piece of floss through the back of your work until the knot stops you going any further. Here I started a little further forward to where you would usually start for other stitches. This isn’t actually necessary but I decided to do it this way this time. Then thread your floss through the front of the work in the location where you would usually first thread your needle though as shown avoe. The length is up to you. I like to work on small hoops so my running stitch tends to be around 5mm long each.



3. Thread your needle through the back of your work again and pull the floss all the way through.



4. Now thread the needle through the previous running stitch, splitting it. Pull the all the floss through.



5. Now repeat the last few steps.



It should end up looking like this! The split stitch is another nice way to outline something. It gives you a thinner and slightly more precise line than the chain or reverse chain stitch as you can see in light pink on the left of the split stitch. I wouldn’t recommend filling with this stitch as it can get quite bulky. This stitch is also useful for creating stems of leaves.

Look out for more stitches to come!

LOve <3