Though the stitch looks like decorative braid, it is still a line stitch. I tried some variations with some stitch combinations.

25.73.portuuese stem st-sampler2

25.73.portuuese stem st-sampler2

4. The first row is Portuguese stem stitch, alternated with the same stitch whipped once. The second row is a combination with regular stem stitch

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25.73.porstemst-4

5.The first row is combination with twisted chain stitch and the second row with closed buttonhole stitch.

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25.73.porstemst-5

6. Running stitch rows are worked on both sides of Portuguese stem stitch in the first sample. Buttonhole stitch is worked on one side in the second sample.

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25.73.porstemst-6

7. Portuguese stem stitch is worked over fly stitches in the first row, and over sheaf stitches in the second row.

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25.73.porstemst-7

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