Oriental Stitch

Oriental Stitch - Embroidery
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The Oriental Stitch is a stitch forming a plait not unlike Cretan stitch. The working resembles Herringboning, but the stitches are quite close together. The needle is always brought up into a hole it has passed through before. If worked on canvas or coarse material the threads may be counted.

To Work:

Bring up the needle in the first space to the left on the lower line. Insert the needle four threads to the right on the top line and make a stitch from right to left. Return to the lower line and take another stitch, bringing up the needle into the same hole it came out of before. Return to the top line and continue as described, always bringing the needle up into the last hole. This makes a succession of stitches similar to very close Herringbone, with rows of Back Stitches on the reverse side.

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