Long Stitch Variation: Random

We called this Long Stitch Variation the "Random Short/Long" since it requires quite a lot of improvise and the so-called "just wing it!". The goal is to experiment with varying lengths of alternating long and shorter stitches, that can produce some cool effects and unique textures.

Stitch Details

Long Stitch Variation: Random - Instructions

You can see the diagram of this stitch below. 

  • Insert the needle from (back to front) and make a small knot to secure the thread behind the canvas
  • Zig-zag short and long stitches to avoid weaving the stitches back and forth as if you were darning
  • Ensure that the thread on the back always returns toward the most recently stitched area, leaving the hole open for additional stitches
  • Adjust the length of each stitch, and create gradients, shading, and dimensionality within your work


Long Stitch Variation: Random - Video Tutorial


Stitch Guides where Long Stitch Variation: Random is used

Check out our Stitch Guides where this stitch is used to get some inspiration for your needlepoint project.

If you have doubts about what stitches to choose for your project - check our Tips to select Needlepoint Stitches or Our favorite Needlepoint Decorative Stitches.
Happy stitching :)

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