After working this stitch in straight lines, in these samples the stitch is worked in curves.

25.73.portuguese stem st-sampler 3

25.73.portuguese stem st-sampler 3

8. Portuguese stem is stitch worked over a pattern in the first sample in two colours. Curved Portuguese stem stitch worked with buttonhole wheel variations and Italian border stitches in the second sample.

25.73.porstemst-8

25.73.porstemst-8

9. Some more samples of this stitch worked in curves with other stitches, namely- french knots, pistil stitches and detached chain stitches.

25.73.porstemst-9

25.73.porstemst-9

I used a handloom cotton fabric with wide stripes to work the samples, making it easy for me not to draw lines. I like the thick braided look of this stitch. The sampler-

25.73.portuguese stem stitch sampler

25.73.portuguese stem stitch sampler

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