March 11, 2011

Granito Stitch


I just found out last week that the stitch I have been using for a while now actually already existed and has a name: the Granito Stitch. It looks a bit similar to the Satin Stitch. You can find out how to make one here, it's really easy! Often the Granito Stitch is used for flower petals, like in the wonderful example in the photo, embroidered by Ana.

I frequently use the Granito Stitch,  sometimes in a somewhat rounder form, to embroider eyes on furry creatures instead of using a more bulky French knot. Like here on a White Rabbit.


  1. Hello your flowers look beautiful do you care to share the complete project? I am sure it looks lovely
    Hope you like to pay a visit to my new spring arrangement saved in a cloche

  2. I love this stitch and like you was using it without knowing it was an actual stitch. (We're just *that* good! hehe)

  3. Gorgeous work & thanks for the new stitch how-to!! Happy Friday! xoxo Beth

  4. So THAT'S what it's called. My grandma called it "petal stitch".

  5. Cute, cute, cute! I like how that turns out and I've never used it before. Thanks for the new idea! I just scored two new embroidery books from an estate sale, "More Needleplay" and "Crewel Embroidery" by Erica Wilson. They're kinda old school but have some wonderful stitches inside :D

  6. You take the most beautiful photos! Makes we want to get back into embroidery!


  7. Hi all!
    With regard to the photos shown here. The top one is not by me but is made by Ana. She also made the beautiful Granitos stitches on the photo. You can click on her name to watch more photos in her Flickr photo stream. The second photo is a detail from an embroidery I made for a swap.
    @Nicky I have a couple of older embroidery books too. Wonderful sources of inspiration and great to learn from. :) Will have to write something about Embroidery Books soon. The internet is a great resource but there is nothing like sitting down with an embroidery book on your lap trying some new stitches!

  8. So it's not just a mistake I make trying to satin stitch!