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Stitch of the Week - Diagonal Laid Filling

By December 20, 2012

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The diagonal laid filling stitch is a composite stitch, used to fill areas in counted thread, crewel and other hand embroidery projects.

To work the stitch, a ground of diagonal, intersection threads is laid on the fabric. These threads are tacked in place by a small upright cross stitch at alternating (or at all) intersections.

When the diagonal laid filling is worked as a counted stitch (shown here), the spacing is precise and even, but it can also be worked as a surface stitch by pre-marking the fabric, or freestyle, giving it an uneven, organic look.

This, and it's companion - the square laid filling can be found in the alphabetical embroidery stitches list.

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December 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm
(1) cathartes says:

Lovely. Wonder how difficult it is to keep everything even and straight so it doesn’t look like a drunkards path (sorry for going quilty on you). For some reason it makes me think of a Ukranian Easter egg. Must have seen that some place.

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