Stitch School: braid stitch

this stitch would work out great with thicker yarn (or strands of floss) and smaller loops (as shown in diagram, not as demonstrated in the site) Useful for vines as it takes curves easily.

hand embroidery stitches | Stitch School: Portuguese Stem Stitch

The Portuguese stem stitch is another of the knotted stitches. You start with a basic stem stitch and then wrap your thread twice around t.

The Forbidden Stitch in Chinese Embroideries

The Forbidden Stitch in Chinese Embroideries: Peking Stitch or Chinese Stitch. First, a back stitch is laid down and then, with a blunt needle, the Pekinese Stitch itself is laced