Four-Sided (Variation 2)

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Each stitch is worked over the same number of vertical and horizontal threads. The elements are deflected by tightening each stitch as it is worked.




Work right to left. Bring the needle out at A. Insert the needle at B and come out at C.

The needle enters the fabric in the same hole as B and comes out at D.



The needle enters the fabric in the same hole at A and comes out in the same hole at D.

Continue the pattern by repeating Steps 1 to 3 to the end of the row. To end the row take a stitch from C to D to close the fourth side.

Note: For ease of working, turn the the fabric 180 degrees for the return row (D becomes A). Repeat Steps 1 to 3, working over the same number of threads as in the previous row. The stitches from B to C will use the same holes as the stitches in the previous row, making the horizontal stitches double. Continue the pattern to end of the row. Repeat these steps for each row, turning the fabric 180 degrees at the end of each row.

Diagram source: Venessa Harrold, reprinted by permission.

Bibliographic Sources

Lantz, Sherlee and Maggie Lane. A Pageant of Pattern for Needlepoint Canvas, p. 421.
Snook, Barbara. Needlework Stitches, p. 86.
Stitch Identification Group
Thomas, Mary. Mary Thomas's Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1989), p. 192.