Star Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

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This version of star stitch is only one of the many ways to create an embroidery star. From simple straight stitches arranged in a criss-cross pattern, to complicated star stitches that require math and measurements, the star stitch methods are as varied as their results. For this tutorial, we’re keeping it simple with an easy to learn stitching method that results in a true star shape.


Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.comStart by drawing a circle the size you want your finished star. Mark five even dots around the circle. Try to make your dots even, but don't worry if they are a bit off. I actually prefer my embroidered stars to be a tiny bit off center because I feel it adds character.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com

Bring the thread up at one of the dots. Let's call it point A.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com

Skip over point B and bring the needle down at C creating a single straight stitch that crosses the right side of the circle.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com

Now, go back to point B and bring the needle up.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com

Skip point C and bring the thread down at point D.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com

The next stitch will come up at C and go down at E.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com

Continue this pattern of bringing the thread up at one point, skipping the point between, and then bringing it down at the next point until a star shape forms.

Star Stitch Embroidery Tutorial

To form the second layer of the star, bring the thread up again at point A. This time come up just a bit to the left of the original stitch.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com
Following the same pattern as the first time, skip point B and bring the thread down at point C just to the left of where the star point forms.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com

Continue this pattern around the star. Each time you bring the thread up and back down stay on the left side of the point and move down the star points. The second layer will look like this.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com

As you stitch around the star and move the thread down the points a tightly woven star begins to form.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com
When the thread reaches the center of star, bring it to the back and tie off. You now have a perfect embroidery star!

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com

Star Stitch Variations

Star stitch can be used to make any size star. A big star will have narrow points like this one.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com

While small stars will have shorter points.

Star Stitch Tutorial ~ WanderingThreadsEmbroidery.com

Star Stitch Patterns

A few patterns for putting your new star stitching skills to use!

Alaska State Embroidery Pattern
Alaska Hand Embroidery Pattern
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Vintage Trailer Happy Holidays Hand Embroidery Pattern