The manger was outlined with Wide Stem stitches (coton à broder No. 16).
Thread withdrawing was done in one direction only – leaving 4, cutting 1.
Satin stitch bars were worked (coton à broder No. 20) – at the bottom of the manger where it meets the legs, there is a wider row of stitches.
Working Satin stitches vertically also enables one to precisely fill the pointed sections between the straw.