Algerian Eyelet embroidery stitch

Algerian Eyelet

Algerian Eyelet is a simple yet decorative hand embroidery technique from the Straight Stitch family. Eight straight stitches are positioned over the square shape with one central point to form a star.

Other names of the Algerian Eyelet

The names of Algerian eye, Algerian eye stitch, or Algerian eyelet stitch are used interchangeably, and all refer to the same embroidery technique.

Algerian eyelet stitch embroidery with purple threads
Algerian Eye Stitch embroidery: detached stitches and a row – front side
Algerian eyelet stitch embroidery rear side
Rear side of Algerian Eyelet

Applications of the Algerian Eye Stitch

This hand embroidery stitch comes from counted thread techniques like canvas work, whitework, or Hardanger embroidery. It is mainly embordered on counted thread materials. However, you can apply this hand embroidery technique to evenly woven fabrics.

The stars can be applied as individual decorative stitches, in rows to create decorative borders, or in multiple rows for textural filling.

More stitches from the Straight Stitch family

Learn how to embroider Algerian Eyelet

Follow the step-by-step tutorial with detailed photos below, and you will learn the Algerian Eye Stitch quickly. If you are a visual learner, watch a video lesson in the tutorial or on the Practical Embroidery YouTube channel to learn this hand embroidery stitch faster.

Algerian eyelet hand embroidery stitch

How to embroider Algerian Eyelet

Step-by-step hand embroidery tutorial


1. If you plan to use even-weave fabric (like I did), start with marking squares where you want your Algerian Eyelet stars placed.

2. Take the needle up on the top left angle of the square. Make a diagonal stitch to the center of the shape. Pull all the thread to the back of the fabric.

Algerian eyelet step1

3. Take the needle up on the top right corner of the shape. Make a diagonal stitch to the center. Pull all the thread to the back of the fabric.

Algerian eyelet step2

4. Make diagonal stitches from the bottom right and left angles to the same central point.

Algerian eyelet step3

5. Take a needle up between the top left and right diagonal stitches. Make a straight stitch to the center. Pull all the thread to the back of the fabric.

Algerian eyelet step4

6. Make straight stitches between all the diagonal stitches.

Algerian eyelet step5

7. With eight stitches going into the central hole, your Algerian Eyelet is finished. Secure the thread on the back or move to the next stitch.

Algerian eyelet step6

Video tutorial

Tools and materials I used for this sampler

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Embroidery fabric cotton linen neutral colors Etsy
Embroidery fabric
DMC Pearl Cotton #8 thread on Etsy
DMC Pearl Cotton #8
Beechwood embroidery hoops Etsy
Embroidery hoop
Bohin Embroidery Needles Etsy
Bohin Embroidery Needles
Embroidery Scissors Etsy
Embroidery Scissors

What’s next?

If you’re in the mood to explore more hand embroidery stitches, check out the Stitches and Techniques page for the list of other fantastic stitches available on my blog. From timeless classics to modern twists, a whole world of stitches is waiting for you to explore and master. So, grab your hoop and needle, and let’s stitch our way to creative bliss!

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