Persian Stitch

The Persian Stitch is a variation of the Herringbone, but the stitches are not so close as to overlap. The result is a braid-like band.

The needle is brought up each time at the edge in the opening between two stitches previously taken (see illustrations below).

Persian Stitch
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Persian Stitch
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This braid-like work is almost solid in effect. For very elaborate work, three threads of finer silk are sometimes used, threading all into the needle at once, and these may be of different colors if desired.

A border worked this way is very heavy and rich.

Border in Persian stitch

Before filling in the pattern, outline it with short stem stitches, or a fine cord, laid on, and secured with invisible stitches.

Persian Stitch
Border in Persian Stitch

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This graceful design which can be utilized in various ways is formed of leaves of 7 lobes, worked alternately in dark and light green; of flowers of 3 petals, worked in red and the centers in yellow, and of small leaves in violet. The setting, throughout, is worked either in black or in dark brown.

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