Basket Stitch

The Basket Stitch is a distinctive stitch from that used in Basket Couching (see Couching), and is a kind of Cross stitch. A solid border stitch, which is worked between two lines, giving a raised effect if worked with a stout thread.

To work, draw two parallel lines any distance apart and mark dots at even distances on both lines. Bring the needle from the under to the upper side of the material on the first dot on the lower line. Cross over and insert in the third dot on the top line, bringing it out on the corresponding dot on the lower line. Put the needle into the second dot on the top line, bring out on the second dot on the lower line, and cross over to dot four. See diagram below. Continue the pattern in this way.

basket stitch 1 small

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To carry out the diagram below without marking dot, as above, trace two parallel lines on the material. Commence, bring the thread through on the left-hand line, then insert the needle on the right-hand line about one-eighth of an inch lower down and bring it through on the left-hand line exactly opposite (see needle in fig.); the next stitch is worked by inserting the needle on the right-hand line but above the last stitch, that is at point A on diagram, and bringing it through at B. To continue, repeat from the beginning.

basket stitch 2 small

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As can be seen from the above illustrations, different effects can be produced based on how closely the stitches are embroidered as well as the choice of thread used. This stitch would be appropriately used when applied to some representation of basket work.

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