tet de boeuf stitch
'How To' Tutorials,  Stitch Sampler

Stitch Fun – Tete De Boeuf, Eye Stitch & Sorbello Stitch


Stitch this Fabulous Sampler

stitch sampler for hand embroidery

If you want to stitch this wonderful sampler and learn over 30 Hand Embroidery stitches then head over to this page for all the information.

If you have purchased the Pre Printed Fabric Panel or have tranferred the Template to your fabric – scroll down to the ‘Start Stitching’ section to get started straight away.

Oh my goodness! I can’t quite believe this is the last post for the final few stitches of the Stitch Fun Sampler!

When we started this back in May (!) it was just a simple idea to fill a bit of time until the Autumn SAL – I had no idea it would take 4 months of stitches to fill an 8 inch hoop!!! Had I known I may have been a bit less ambitious and gone for a 6 inch but looking at the finished result I can happily say it was worth it!

No pre planning, no designing, just purely stitching different stitches each week and fitting them in wherever we can! I have loved seeing the progress from those of you who have joined in with this so make sure you carry on posting your progress no matter how long it takes for you to finish.

So to complete your sampler there are 3 more stitches to complete…

Tete De Boeuf

This is a pretty filler stitch which can be worked in lines or randomly to fill a shape on a pattern.

Mark a line about 1cm above the Point Russe Stitch…

Start Stitching…

Work a single chain stitch down from the line and then stitch 2 straight stitches at right angles – one on each side…

Complete a few to fill the line.

Eye Stitch

This stitch creates a really nice effect and can be used singly or as a filler depending on what you are stitching…

In the space I had left I managed to draw 2 lines that were 1.5cm apart and then fit 3 squares along the line – depending on the space you have available – create 1.5cm squares or similar…

Mark a cross in each box diagonally from corner to corner to help with placement of your stitches.

Start stitching…

Using a Perle Thread size 8 or similar, come up through the centre of the square and take a long stitch to a corner. Do the same again to stitch the other 3 long stitches coming up in the centre each time.

Continue straight stitches radiating out from the centre…

Back stitch around the edge to complete…

Sorbello Stitch

This is a decorative line stitch originating from Italy. Mark 2 lines 1cm apart above the Eye Stitch.

Work each stitch over an imaginary square of fabric.

First, make a straight stitch across the top & then bring the needle through on the lower left hand corner.

Loop the thread under the horizontal stitch and over, then do the same again – take the thread to the right hand corner and through to finish the stitch.

As you go through the right hand corner – the tension on the horizontal stitch creates the effect of the stitch.

You can make them look different by adjusting the height and tension.

Complete a few to get the hang of them. You can see the shorter ones on the left hand side look completely different to the taller ones.

Any spare spaces like the one above the Sorbello stitch can be filled with a few seed stitch to complete.


You have managed to stitch over 30 different Hand Embroidery Stitches and now have a wonderful sampler to look back on and help you with your next stitching adventure.

I really hope you have enjoyed the process and would love to see your finished creation.

You can tag me on Instagram with #stitchdoodlesembroidery, post some pics in the Happy Stitching FB Group or send your photos to nicola@stitchdoodles.com and I will include them here with your permission.

Happy Stitching!

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