Materials & Techniques

Stem Stitch

A linear embroidery stitch in which the thread is carried forward in a long stitch on the front surface, and then back in a shorter stitch directly underneath, usually for half the length of stitch on the surface. Further, the thread is carried to the left of (or above) the needle, forming a Z slant.

Excerpt from

Ann Rowe, “Technical Glossary for Textiles,” in Andean Art at Dumbarton Oaks, edited by Elizabeth Hill Boone (Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 1996): 467-469, from Irene Emery, The Primary Structures of Fabrics (Washington D.C.: The Textile Museum, 1966, 2009): 239.