Bird's Eye Stitch

The Bird’s Eye Stitch is a form of Chain Stitch. It is applicable to long, narrow forms grouped about a center, as in some leaves and flowers (such as in daisies) having many oval petals. The loop is caught down by a short stitch at its base. It is an outline stitch only. It is one of the quickest and easiest of stitches to make.

Bring the needle up from beneath, at the center of the figure, drawing the silk out to its full length. Insert the point and bring the point up at the tip of the figure, throwing the thread around the needle point as in making the simple Chain Stitch. Draw the silk through to the upper side again at the center, and make the succeeding loops in the same fashion, until the entire figure is worked. See illustration below.

bird's eye stitch in embroidery

The center of a figure thus worked is usually finished with French Knots.

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