Star Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

star stitch

Star Stitch Plus a Bonus Stitch Tutorial

The star stitch is one of the cutest stitches you can use to add a little bling, and it’s oh so easy & perfect for beginners! It’s a lovely little stitch that brings out a touch of character to your work.

Not only does it work great for adding small details like stars and sparkles (especially if you use metallic thread) but it’s also a fun open-fill stitch which just means you’re filling in a shape but leaving some fabric to show through.

After the star stitch tutorial I’ll throw in a little bonus stitch which I love for the same reasons I love the star stitch.

Star Stitch

I’ve drawn in some dots for guides. My guides create the shape of a diamond but it can also be a circle if you want each stitch to be of the same length.

The dots on my diamond shape are located at the top and bottom, left and right, then there should be one dot in between each of those dots. There will be a total of 8 dots for guides.

So start by coming up at A then return to the back at B.

Repeat but this time come up at C, then return to the back at the center (B).

Remember, each time you come up to the top of your fabric it will be from the outside. Each time you return to the back it will be from the center, at B.

Repeat these steps going all the way around your center until you have a cute little star! Seriously, it’s that easy!

star stitch

Bonus tutorial!

Ready for a quick bonus tutorial?

I don’t know if there is a name for this little stitch but it’s one that I’ve been adding to my recent embroidery pdf patterns which will be available in my Etsy shop soon.

It’s created with all back stitches and combines a diamond with a cross to make a variation of a star.

So with your knowledge of how to create a back stitch, create a diamond using just 4 points, A,B,C, and D.

Take a peek at my back stitch tutorial if you need a refresher.

Next, add 2 back stitches from left to right which extend past the diamond you just stitched. Try to make the lengths the same on each side.

Finish it off by adding 2 back stitches from the top to bottom in the same fashion as you did in the previous step.

And there you have it! I think it’s just super lovely, but then again, I pretty much love all stitches and haven’t come across any I haven’t liked.

I hope you’ll love working with the star stitch & the extra bonus stitch. Use them for adding a little extra character and visual interest to any embroidery stitch work, or even as an open-fill stitch.

Using Metallic Thread

I love using metallic thread for accent stitches but it’s definitely not as smooth as other threads so it can be a little testy if you rush through them. So I thought I’d throw a few tips out there in case you’d like to give it a try.

  • First, I always recommend practicing your stitches on a scrap piece of fabric first before using it on your embroidery work if you’ve never used metallic thread.
  • Take your time and always pull your thread gently through.
  • If your thread has to enter through the same hole repeatedly there can be a time when it becomes a bit difficult to pull through. Let’s use the star stitch as an example of how to avoid this… when you return to the center do so ever-so-slightly next to the center so you’re essentially creating a new hole.
  • Make sure your fabric isn’t too thick or you’ll run into the issue just mentioned without a doubt.
  • Expect to use a bit more metallic thread for your work than you would with regular thread so it sometimes makes sense to use longer thread for your stitches (just don’t make it too long).

Regardless of some of the nuances that come with metallic thread, I love using them, especially for accent stitches The french knot is another lovely accent stitch that looks lovely when made from metallic thread.

Thanks as always for following along!

❤️ Happy stitching!

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