After working this stitch in straight lines, in these samples the stitch is worked in curves.
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.
9. Some more samples of this stitch worked in curves with other stitches, namely- french knots, pistil stitches and detached chain stitches.
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-