Plant some seed stitches on your next embroidery project! Seed Stitch is considered a ‘filler stitch’ so it is great for filling in areas of hand embroidery and adding great texture to your embroidery project. It is also known as the rice stitch, as it looks like little grains of rice scattered on the fabric. This simple stitch is composed of small straight stitches of equal length placed at random over the surface. It goes quickly, and there’s no set pattern – so you have to try really, really hard to make a mistake.
One of the things I like best about this stitch is that it is non-directional – so it looks equally good straight-on, sideways, or off-kilter. Start with single Seed Stitch, then try double Seed Stitch – it’s the same thing, but with two parallel stitches in each position.
The Seed Stitch is especially effective in evoking the prickliness (is that even a word?) of this stitched cactus by Laura Wasilowski. (See more whimsical touches as Laura adds to this piece). And if you want some of these gorgeous hand-dyed threads, Laura can fix you up! (Read more about Laura and what inspires her with our Spotlight Interview with Laura Wasilowski on Create Whimsy.)
Here is a sampler using different threads, to show how varying the weight of thread can change the look of this stitch. The stitch looks great using variegated threads.
- Row 1: Pearl cotton size 12
- Row 2: Pearl cotton size 8
- Row 3: Pearl cotton size 5
- Row 4: Pearl cotton variegated size 8
- Row 5: Pearl cotton variegated size 3
- Row 6: Pearl cotton variegated size 5
I wasn’t sure at first, but kept at it. Here is another finished sample of the seed stitch.
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