A Stitch in Time: Rice Stitch

The distinctively textured rice stitch is a member of the very large cross-stitch family, and it has numerous variations. Historically, this easy decorative stitch has been known as the cross corners cross stitch, boss, squared boss, or William and Mary stitch. Also, the name rice stitch refers to a specific stitch in knitting. Some designers, […]

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A Stitch in Time: Smyrna Cross-Stitch

The Smyrna cross-stitch is another member of the large cross-stitch family and is a simple, dense, square, textured stitch worked over an even number of threads, usually four but two, six, or eight threads are not uncommon. It is considered a canvas or evenweave fabric stitch. Smyrna is the ancient Greek name for the city […]

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A Stitch in Time: The Roumanian Stitch

Researching the Roumanian stitch was very interesting but also confusing: This stitch has a number of aliases—Roman, Romanian, Rumanian (probably a typo), Roumanian couching, Roumanian filling, Bokhara couching, Chinese cross-stitch, oriental, laid oriental, oriental couching, figure couching, antique couching, upright cross-stitch variation, overlaid, couched satin, Janina, Indian filling, New England laid, and this may not […]

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PieceWork is thrilled to welcome Deanna Hall West back to our “A Stitch in Time” blog post series. Here are her latest four elegant embroidery stitches for you to try. Enjoy! —Editor The Bosnia and Barrier Stitches The Bosnia and barrier stitches are easy to sew, similar in appearance, and share aliases. The barrier stitch […]

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The Bosnia and barrier stitches are easy to sew, similar in appearance, and share aliases. The barrier stitch is basically the French version of the Bosnia. The Bosnia stitch is known by several additional names—Bosnian, Bosnian filling, barrier, fence, French fence, Yugoslav border, and zigzag Holbein stitch. It originated in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a present-day southern European […]

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A Stitch in Time: The Chevron Stitch

The definition of a chevron is two diagonal stripes meeting at an angle with the point up unless otherwise specified. In needlework, the word “chevron” is used to describe a stitch (embroidery), a particular pattern (needlepoint), or an overall shape. The chevron shape was used extensively in heraldic flags, banners, and woven tapestries. Thread a […]

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A Stitch in Time: The Queen Stitch

The complex, counted-thread queen stitch (American) is also known as the rococo (English) and renaissance stitches. It is commonly composed of a bundle of four to six Roman (French, Romanian or Roumanian, or Oriental) stitches arranged in a very specific manner, ultimately creating a distinctive diamond shape with small, evenly spaced holes at its outer […]

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A Stitch in Time: The Crown Stitch

The crown stitch is most likely a modern-day stitch for in thorough researching, I could find no references to it prior to the mid-1900s, and it’s infrequently cited in modern-day embroidery books. Surprisingly, there seem to be no additional names for this simple stitch. The crown stitch is basically a fly stitch with the additional […]

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The Portuguese stem stitch, a heavily textured line stitch, also is known as Portuguese knotted stem, Portuguese knot, and wrapped stem stitch. Although little history is known about this particular stitch, we assume that, because of its name, it either originated in or was a popular stitch in Portugal at some time. On the other […]

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