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How to embroider the stem stitch & a little hamsa to practice on

hamsa embroidered with stem stitch
To embroider curved lines, the stem stitch makes a fabulous choice. It turns along curved lines beautifully, and you can vary the thickness of your embroidered line by varying the angle of the needle as you make the stitch. These stitch diagrams illustrate the how-to, and I’ve posted a little hamsa for you to practice on.

stem stitch embroidery diagram

Now, while the stem stitch turns curves elegantly, you’ll need to adjust the stitch when turning sharp corners. Take a look:

how to turn corners when embroidering stem stitch corner sew jewish

While attending the Association of Jewish Libraries conference earlier this year to spread the word about Sew Jewish, I gave quick little stem stitch lessons using this hamsa. I wish I had time to write up a blog post just about the conference. A number of attendees shared stories about learning to sew from their mothers and grandmothers, and I even met a few fellow members of the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework.

Give the stem stitch a try, and embroider a little hamsa for yourself! Click on the image below to get the hamsa pattern to print:

hamsa embroidery pattern

Maria BywaterMaria Bywater is the author of Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home. She teaches hands-on Judaica sewing workshops.

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