Eyelet stitches come in various shapes and sizes. Algerian eyelet stitch is made with 8 straight stitches that look like spokes radiating from a center. This stitch is usually made on even weave fabric.
This is a rather easy stitch that can be used to quickly fill large spaces. As shown below, this stitch is ideal for checkerboard like filling of large areas in an embroidery design.
In the picture below, I have shown how the 8 straight stitches are radiating out from the central hole. For beginners, use even weave fabric (like aida) and use blunt needles.
Algerian eyelet tutorial
To make just one square, start from the edge of the square and take the needle down at the center of the square. Bring the needle back up at the tip of the next straight stitch / spoke and go down again at the center.
Tip for new embroiders
The central hole will have 8 threads passing through it. The work will be neat if the needle is going down at the center rather than coming up as the needle might catch other threads and pull them up when coming up.
I want to first show how Algerian eyelet stitches are made in a row / as a border. This will make filling large spaces with Algerian stitch faster instead of making it square after square.
Start from the corner of the square. Pierce the needle at the center and bring the needle up at the tip of the next spoke.
Do the same for the next three straight stitches / spokes like shown in the images below.
When you have completed 4 straight stitches, come up at the tip of the 5th one. But instead of piercing needle at the center of this square, go down at the center of the next square.
Stitch 4 more radiating straight stitches for the next square.
Like mentioned above, continue to the next square till you reach the end of the line.
Once you reach the end of the line, start the return journey and complete the remaining 4 straight stitches in each square.
You can also add all 8 spokes before proceeding to next square.
Triangle border with Algerian eyelet stitch. Reminds me of the gopuram border motif we used to see in silk sarees in India those days.
Isn’t this a pretty checkerboard filling stitch?