How to Braid Stitch

Braid stitch rather resembles a fancy braid laid upon the material. It looks best when carried out with a stoutly twisted thread.

Steps

  1. Image titled Braid Stitch Step 1
    1
    Trace two parallel lines upon the material (use a pencil if you're just starting) about one-eighth of an inch apart, and bring the thread through at the right-hand end of the lower line.
  2. Image titled Braid Stitch Step 2
    2
    Throw the thread across to the left and hold it slackly under the thumb.
  3. Image titled Braid Stitch Step 3
    3
    Place the needle pointing towards the worker under this held thread, then twist it round towards the left and over the held thread until it points in the opposite direction. It will now have the thread twisted loosely over it.
  4. Image titled Braid Stitch Step 4
    4
    Insert the needle on the upper line one-eighth of an inch from the starting-point, and bring it through on the lower line exactly underneath.
  5. Image titled Braid Stitch Step 5
    5
    Place the thumb over the stitch in process of making and draw the thread through as the diagram shows. It can be worked openly or more closely as preferred.
  6. Image titled Braid Stitch Intro
    6
    Finished.

Things You'll Need

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Canvas/fabric

Sources and Citations

  • Grace Christie, Embroidery and Tapestry Weaving; public domain resource - this eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Gutenberg. Original source of article.

Article Info

Categories: Needlecraft | Basic Sewing Stitches