How to Stitch a Single Three-Quarter Stitch

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    Prepare Supplies

    Three-Quarter Stitch Diagram
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    To stitch a three-quarter stitch, you will need:

    • a pair of sharp scissors
    • a small embroidery hoop
    • a piece of 11-count Aida fabric large enough to overlap the hoop by a few inches
    • a short length of embroidery floss (any color)
    • a size 24 tapestry needle

    Place the fabric in the hoop and set aside. Cut a 12-inch length of six-strand embroidery floss and separate out two strands and thread the tapestry needle. A diagram of a three-quarter stitch is shown above.

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    Start with a Quarter Stitch

    Begin the Quarter Stitch
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    Hold the hoop in your left hand and the needle between your right thumb and forefinger. Do not grip the needle too tightly.

    Choose a square near the center of the hoop. Locate the lower left corner. Bring the threaded needle up through the hole in the corner of the square.

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    Complete the Quarter Stitch

    Quarter Stitch
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    Use the needle to find the center of the Aida square. When you are certain that the needle is inserted directly in the center of the square, draw the needle and floss through to the back of the fabric.

    Do not pull the floss all the way through. Leave an end to be secured under the back of the stitch. A completed quarter stitch is shown above.

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    Start a Half Stitch

    Begin the Half Stitch
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    Insert the needle in the lower right corner of the square of Aida. Bring your hand from the back of the fabric to the front and pull the floss through, leaving the stitch loose.

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    Complete the Half Stitch

    Complete the Half Stitch
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    Complete the half stitch by drawing the floss across the square. Insert the needle in the upper left corner of the Aida square. Move your hand to the back of the fabric and pull the needle and floss through to the back of the fabric.

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    Secure the Floss

    Secure the Floss
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    Flip to the back of the fabric and secure the floss. Drag the end of the floss under the loop formed by the stitch, just as when stitching a single cross stitch.

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    The Completed Three-Quarter Stitch

    The Completed Three-Quarter Stitch
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    Voila! Flip to the front of the fabric to view the completed stitch. Adjust the tightness as needed.