Thursday, February 7, 2013

Name that Stitch!

Found on Flickr

Anne (you may remember her Snowflake project in our Scandinavian Issue) is working on a beautiful Mandala piece. In this detail we see a wonderful chain stitch in beige and brown. The stitch in lilac and purple however is not as easy to recognise. Anne named it the 'Vertical Herringbone Stitch' but would love to know it's proper name!  She even posted a lovely tutorial here.  Initially I though it was much like the Centipede Stitch but Anne assured me it was worked differently. After consulting one of my favourite Stitch books ( The Stitches of Creative Embroidery by Jacqueline Enthoven) I think it could be the Vandyke Stitch. I haven't actually tried the Vandyke Stitch yet so I'm not really sure. Is there anyone who can Name that Stitch?


  1. It's definitely not Vandyke stitch. Reading through the tutorial, I think it's basically a double herringbone stitch. It's not the same method as usual, but I think it ends up with the same stitch.

    1. I does look pretty similar. I think part of the confusion is that it's normally worked horizontally not vertically...

  2. So pretty and have no idea which stitch it is ~ can't wait to see the whole thing!

  3. Hi,
    thank you for putting the question over here, Nicole! The only difference between my stitch and the Vandyke Stitch is when you pull the needle behind the previous row my version goes through the fabric also and the Vandyke Stitch goes between fabric and thread. Technically there is a difference, but I think it looks alike. Probably my method produces a more firm braid on top as it's tied to the fabric more often. This way you can do large stitches, too, without gathering the fabric in the middle section.

    Good to know there is another way to create this look!


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