two sided insertion stitch example Double Insertion Stitch aka Two Sided Insertion Stitch

How to make this cute elongated star shaped stitch

There is a lot of confusion about what this stitch is actually called and many instructions for making it are somewhat unclear. So, to help out, because it is such a wonderful stitch, here’s how to make it:

You should work this stitch over a grid of 9 x 6 threads or some multiple of this – in the photos I used an 18 x 12 grid because the linen is so fine.

The first step is the left side of the star – the first long stitch:

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double insertion stitch steps 01 Double Insertion Stitch aka Two Sided Insertion Stitch

Next you make part of the left point of the star, coming up at 3, down at 4 (and then heading back up to come out again at 3):

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Next the bar across the star:
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Now back to make the long right side of the star shape, it is always fun to do this side as you know you’re about half way through the stitch:
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Next we’re back in the middle of the star finishing off the final point:

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Now we’re headed away from this first star and onto the next one:

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Since we are now just repeating the previous steps, let’s switch to just photos:double insertion stitch steps 07 Double Insertion Stitch aka Two Sided Insertion Stitch

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One of the wonderful parts of this stitch is that the back of your embroidery looks as good as the front – the stitch makes this lovely grid format (it’s also a way to know you’ve been doing it right!):
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