from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In pillow-lace making, a stitch by which a thick braid-like stripe is produced: used for the stems of flowers and sprigs, tendrils, etc.
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CREWEL-STITCH SAMPLER -- A and C, crewel-stitch; B and D, outline-stitch; E, back-stitch; F, spots; G and H, stem-stitch; J, crewel and outline-stitches in combination.
It is its oblique direction only which distinguishes stem-stitch from other short stitches of the kind.
Bleu Indigo 312 for the grounding, Rouge-Turc 321, for the setting in stem-stitch.