The Ismit Stitch


Turkish Cross Stitch

The Ismit Stitch, also known as the Turkish Cross Stitch, is one borrowed from Turkish embroideries. It is an adaptation of the Herringbone Stitch and is used to fill long leaves and petals and is generally seen in conventional roses. It is a broad Cat Stitch, adapted to the shape of the petal. It somewhat resembles Janina, but is looser, not giving the effect of a vein down the middle as Janina does.

To work Ismit stitch

It is taken in the same way as the Herringbone Stitch, with a short stitch from right to left and crossing the silk, but it is made to cover a wider space, and the under stitches meet, thus forming cross lines over the figure, not unlike Couching in effect. Begin at the tip of the petal and work from you. See illustration below.

Illustration of embroidery Ismit Stitch

If the space covered is very wide, the crossings of the lines are secured by short stitches as in couching.

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