The scroll stitch is a form of the running knotted stitch that forms a line of little scrolls. The stitch is worked left to right and is great for outlines or edges when you’d like a little bit more visual interest. Key to success for this stitch is keeping your tension even when stitching. You can use this stitch for straight lines, as I have in this tutorial, and it also works nicely with gentle curved lines.
The scroll embroidery stitch is perfect for borders, outlines and fillings – especially if more than one row is stitched at a time. It’s beautiful texture with the scroll helps give a feeling of motion. You can make different patterns by varying the space between rows. Different threads also result in different looks. In the close-up below, you’ll see the thicker threads make beautiful texture. Stranded cotton threads are not as effective for this stitch, so for best results use a twisted thread like a Perle cotton or light weight yarn.
Using a thicker weight thread or light weight yarn, scroll stitch becomes a great filler stitch. Start by stitching the outside lines of your shape and then continue stitching to the inside of your element, staggering the knots to fill your shape. It makes a highly textured fill for an embroidery design.
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Take the time to play around with stitch length, hand movements as well as tension to see what you like best. I found if I pulled gently up at the end of the stitch, I was happiest with the stitch.
The sample below shows a variety of threads.
- Row 1: #12 pearl cotton (I think this thread is too small for the effort)
- Row 2: #8 pearl cotton
- Row 3: #3 pearl cotton
- Row 4: #3 variegated pearl cotton
- Row 5: Silk Lamé Braid
Here is a closer look of these stitches and threads.
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