The Algerian Eye Stitch is also called the Algerian Eyelet Stitch or the Star Eyelet Stitch. You may see it as a motif or fill stitch in cross stitch, embroidery, hardanger and plastic canvas projects. An Algerian Eye Stitch has at least eight straight stitches that radiate from a central hole to create a star-like pattern inside a square area. That explains its alternate names: Star Stitch or Star Eyelet Stitch. The basic stitch uses 8 stitches but can also use up to 16 stitches.
Evenly spaced stitches are arranged in a square. You can work the stitch in thick thread on canvas or a thinner thread on even-weave fabrics. On even weave fabric, like counted cross stitch fabric, stitches can create holes if you pull firmly. This pull then creates the “eyes”.
Algerian eye stitch is effective as a single stitch, in rows to form bands as well as an all over pattern fill. In the first sample I used two different styles of Algerian eye stitch in an all over pattern.
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The Algerian eye stitch has at least 8 “legs” in each stitch. Then you could add another round, if you’d like, for 16 “legs”. Variations include going all of the way to the edge of the square, but I made every other one with the 2nd set of stitches not going to the edge of the square.
I used a variegated thread and love this 4″ sampler of the Algerian eye stitch!
This second sample of the Eye Stitch shows how it looks with different threads.
- Row 1: #12 pearl cotton, in an 8 ray stitch
- Row 2: #8 pearl cotton, in an 8 ray stitch
- Row 3: #5 pearl cotton, in an 8 ray stitch
- Row 4: #3 pearl cotton, in an 8 ray stitch
- Row 5: Silk lame braid, in a 16 ray stitch
- Row 6: Craft cord in a 16 ray stitch, taking the 2nd set of 8 stitches smaller
- Row 7: #8 pearl cotton, 8 ray stitch, using 2 different colors
- Row 8: #8 variegated pearl cotton
Here is another sample using #8 pearl cotton.
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