Algerian Eye Stitch

Algerian eye stitch consists of eight straight stitches which radiate from a central hole to create a star effect, this is the reason it is often called Star Stitch or Star Eyelet Stitch. Stitches are evenly spaced and arranged in a square. It can be worked in thick thread on canvas or a thinner thread on evenweave fabrics. If worked on evenweave the stitches should be pulled firmly during stitching to create the holes. Algerian eye stitch can be worked as a single stitch, in blocks to form bands or as an all over pattern fill. It is great for multi-coloured borders around a design.

The best place to start the stitch is at the top and to follow around the square shape to form the central hole. You can count the holes in the fabric to get the stitch even. Bring your needle up at 1 and down at 2 to create a diagonal stitch (2 is the centre of the hole), up again at 3 and down again at 2. You carry on working the stitch around the square, by bringing the needle up at 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and then down at 2 each time. Then bring the needle up at 9 down at 2 and bring the needle out again at 8 to start the next stitch in the row if working a block of stitches. Pull the stitches tight each time to form the hole. You can also use a stiletto to push the threads apart to make the hole more obvious.

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Finished Algerian Eye Stitch

Algerian Eye Stitch Band


  1. Wow! This is simple but so prettY! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Your welcome, it is a really easy stitch to do but a lovely one!

  3. seu blog é maravilhoso e seus tutoriais são excelentes!
    Thank you for share with us!!!!


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