The Algerian Eye stitch is a basic cross stitch often used in needlework samplers.
It's also known as the Star stitch because of the resemblance to a star.
It's a simple design style rather than an actual stitch as it uses the straight (satin) stitch taken 8 times in a square pattern.
It can be used to form flowers, borders, rows and, of course, stars.
The Star Eyelet stitch is just a variation of the Algerian Eye using 16 stitches instead of 8 as show in the picture above. You can take every fourth stitch a bit longer for added interest.
- Either work on even weave fabric or sketch a square on your fabric the size of your desired star.
- Come up from the back side of your fabric in the center of your square.
- Thinking of a clock, take the either a straight or diagonal stitch as appropriate 8 times starting a 11:00 o'clock, moving clockwise and ending with stitch number 8 at 9:00 o'clock.
- Always stitch from the center out to the next place on your clock.
- Experiment with over tightening each stitch so that your fabric distorts a bit and emphasizes the center of the star design.
- Try adding a seed bead at each center stitch.
- The Algerian Eye stitch is a good one to do with ribbon although you might not want to pull the ribbon tight.
- Also try variegated and metallic floss for a sparkling effect.
The Star Eyelet Stitch is just a variation of the Algerian Eye using 16 stitches instead of 8. You can take every fourth stitch a bit longer for added interest.