Reverse Faggot

Structural Category


Specific Usage


Other Names

Reverse Faggot Ground


This stitch looks like the reverse side of the Single Faggot stitch. The diagonal stitches are on the face of the fabric, and the vertical and horizontal stitches are on the reverse side of the fabric. It is worked over the same number of threads diagonally and vertically. Pull each stitch tightly. This diagram shows it worked over two threads.



FIRST JOURNEY: Bring the needle up at A and insert it at B, which is two threads down and two threads to the left of A. Come up at C.

Insert the needle at D and come up at B.



Continue the pattern by following Steps 1 and 2 to the end of the row. Insert the needle at E, which is two threads below and two threads left of B. Come up at D.

RETURN JOURNEY: Enter the fabric at C using the same holes as those of the previous row. Come up at F directly below C and to the right of D.



Enter the fabric at G and come up at C. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to the end of the row. All rows will be double except the first and last rows.

TURNING A RIGHT ANGLE WHEN MAKING A PATTERN: You will be working diagonally upward right to left. After completing the first journey enter the fabric at D and bring the needle up at E, which is two threads above and to the left of B. This is the only stitch that is diagonal on the reverse of the fabric.



Insert the needle at D and bring it up at B.

Insert the needle at F and bring it up at E.


Insert the needle at G and bring it up at F. Continue the pattern diagonally upward to the left following Steps 8 and 9 to complete the pattern.

Diagram source: Venessa Harrold, reprinted by permission.

Bibliographic Sources

Snook, Barbara. Needlework Stitches, p. 84.
Thomas, Mary. Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1935), p. 91.