Crown Stitch Embroidery

Crown Stitch

The Crown Stitch embroidery technique, a decorative variation of the Fly Stitch, is a true beauty in the world of hand embroidery. Unlike its single-legged counterpart, this stitch boasts three anchoring stitches, adding a touch of elegance to any design. The tails, whether of the same or different lengths, further enhance its decorative appeal.

There are two different methods of embroidering Crown Stitch. In the first option, you use the Fly Stitch technique: three stitches attach an open loop to the surface. In the second option, you make three straight stitches and then pass the thread under them. I prefer the first one as it is faster and more straightforward.

Crown Stitch embroidery with orange pearl cotton
Crown Stitch embroidery with pearl cotton thread
Crown Stitch embroidery with orange pearl cotton Rear side
Rear side of the sampler

Applications of the Crown Stitch Embroidery

The Crown Stitch, a versatile member of the Fly Stitch family, offers a myriad of creative possibilities. As a detached decorative stitch, it can add striking accents to your piece. For a more intricate design, create a stunning filling with a pattern of repetitive Crown Stitches. When it comes to border designs, the choice is yours-position the stitches in rows for a classic look, or group them in circles for a more elaborate border. The Crown Stitch is your creative tool, ready to bring your vision to life.

More stitches from the Fly Stitch Family

Learn how to embroider Crown Stitch

Follow the step-by-step tutorial with detailed photos below, and you will learn the Crown 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.

Crown Stitch embroidery Small

How to embroider Crown Stitch

Step-by-step hand embroidery tutorial


1. Take the needle with a thread to the surface of the fabric and pull all the thread up. Make a straight stitch. Do not pull all the thread, but leave a loop open.

Crown Stitch embroidery Step1

2. Bring the needle up inside the loop between the ends of the stitch.

Crown Stitch embroidery Step2

3. Pull the thread to tighten the loop, but leave it looser than you would for the Fly Stitch. Make a central stitch to anchor the loop. You can choose to make a long or short stitch.

Crown Stitch embroidery Step3

4. Take the needle inside the loop to the left from the first anchoring stitch.

Crown Stitch embroidery Step4

5. Make a second anchoring stitch.

Crown Stitch embroidery Step5

6. Come back inside the loop one more time. Take the needle to the surface on the right from the first anchoring stitch and make a third tail.

Crown Stitch embroidery Step6

7. Make as many Crown Stitches as your design requires. Remember that you can position the stitches in the row or create a semi-covering filling with an intricate pattern of Crown Stiches.

Video tutorial

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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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