Steil stitch

Term of the Week: Steil Stitch

A steil stitch is a subset of the satin stitch. Both are used in embroidery for lettering, covering small areas, and to create details and add texture to a design. Satin and steil stitches look similar in appearance but are formed in different ways. A steil depends upon a single line that defines the center of the column. Its width is calculated as a certain distance out from the center and is a fixed distance–each side is usually 1mm out from the center of a 2mm–wide steil.