Deanna Hall West


A Stitch in Time: The Velvet Stitch

The velvet stitch, consisting of a cross-stitch and a loop, is a counted-thread stitch most often used in canvas work.

A Stitch in Time: Sorbello Stitch

The Sorbello or Sorbello knot stitch is a textured Italian embroidery stitch, originating in the small village of Sorbello, near Naples.

A Stitch in Time: Marking Stitch

The marking stitch is yet another member in the large cross-stitch family. It's a reversible stitch that forms cross-stitches on the front of the fabric and neat open squares of straight stitches or four-sided stitches on the back.

A Stitch in Time: Rhodes Stitch

The Rhodes stitch is a highly textured member of the cross-stitch family. Its appearance is a distinctive geometric shape.

A Stitch in Time: Running Stitch

The history of the running stitch is really the history of the needle and thread.

A Stitch in Time: Two-Sided Italian Cross-Stitch

The two-sided Italian cross-stitch is a square, densely textured stitch and is another member of the large cross-stitch family.

A Stitch in Time: Split Stitch

The split stitch is one of the oldest and simplest of the basic embroidery stitches, visually resembling a small compact chain stitch, but with a much narrower and flatter appearance.

A Stitch in Time: Coral Stitch

One of the oldest surface-embroidery stitches, the coral stitch is a versatile and widely used member of the popular knotted-stitch family with the French knot being the most famous.

The Tête de Boeuf Stitch: Head of the Bull

The tête de boeuf stitch is commonly referred to as head of the bull, although a direct translation from the French is “head of beef” stitch, and it also goes by the names of ox head and detached wheat ear.

A Stitch in Time: The Knitting Stitch

The knitting stitch, a double row of straight stitches slanting in opposite directions, forms a solidly stitched, braidlike pattern on a canvas or fabric surface, and resembles true knitting.