Wool Stitch Along: Outlining


Use the Back Stitch or Running Stitch to make a leaf shape. (I know it looks like an egg but we are calling it a leaf shape.)

Now that you have all the tools and materials at hand it’s time to begin the famous Wool Stitch Along.  A word of warning: this is free-form embroidery, therefore no pattern. Be brave!

The first thing to do is to free-form stitch an outline of a leaf shape on your wool with the size 8 thread and size 3 or 4 embroidery needle. My wobbly outline of the leaf shape above measures about 2 1/2” wide by 3 1/2” long and is placed at an angle on the 5” square of wool. I used the Back Stitch to outline the shape. You can also use a faster method, the Running Stitch. This basic outline of the leaf shape is later filled in with exciting stitch combinations.


Make shapes inside the leaf shape with the Stem Stitch.

Your next step is to divide the interior of the leaf shape to make compartments for stitch combinations. Stitch down the center of the leaf to the base using a Stem Stitch. Stitch 4 lines of Stem Stitches at an angle on either side of the center line to form the veins. Stitch 6 rows of Stem Stitches right next to each other to form a stem measuring about 1” long. Stitch one row of Stem Stitches across the base of the stem to even it out.

Take a deep breath.

Please note: You will always be able to see the Wool Stitch Along info for later reference under the Tutorials of this website. Directions are added as the Stitch Along progresses. Here it is so far.

8 thoughts on “Wool Stitch Along: Outlining

  1. Just spent a pleasant hour or so stitching my leaf outline. Thanks, Laura, for a fun Stitch Along!

  2. Since I can’t find my carefully put away sash of wool and my attempt to due the felting process to an old wool sweater I have, I’m going to be working on felt. Do I need to put some sort of stabilizer on the back of the felt?

    • Don’t bother to put a backing on the felt. It will have enough body for stitching and be easy to stitch. Thanks for joining us!

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