Take your sewing and embroidery projects to the next level with this delicate Pekinese stitch

Pekinese stitch project | Woman's Weekly | Craft | Embroidery | Project
If you want to learn how to do some more intricate stitches then this Woman’s Weekly stitch guide is for you. We show you how to do Pekinese stitch in this simple step-by-step.

It’s the perfect stitch for making beautiful borders and adding flair to your needlework projects, especially if you use two different colours of thread. And, as a simple twist on a backstitch, it’ll be easy to pick up and start embroidering pieces, like our little cottage needle case above.

You start off with just one line of easy back stitch and then go back along your stitches to create little loops all the way along. It’s a really pretty stitch, that is perfect for finishing off embroidery pieces. Once you’ve mastered it we’re sure you’ll be hooked, we just love using this technique!

You can really make this stitch your own by altering colours, tensions and yarn thickness. For instance, if you’re using a heavier embroidery thread, like silk, you can pull each stitch a little tighter to give more of a knotted effect. We think this stitch always looks best when using two colours, so you can really distinguish between the two parts, emphasising its intricacy.


1. Work a simple line of back stitches through the canvas or aida (cotton fabric with natural mesh).

2. Lace a piece of contrasting thread or the same thread up and under the second running stitch, looping the thread back on itself, down and under the first stitch.

3. Continue along the length of stitches until each one has been lassoed.

How to do Pekinese Stitch | Woman's Weekly | Craft | Embroidery

The little cottage felt needle case above was featured in the 21 October 2014 issue of our magazine and is available from our back issues department, just call 01733 385170.