Roman Stitch

Roman Stitch
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The Roman Stitch is a stitch found in Eastern embroideries which makes a quickly worked solid band or it may be used for leaf fillings or other forms showing a mid-rib. It can be worked with horizontal or slanted stitches.

To work:

Three lines are needed as guides for working. The stitch is taken from side
to side of the form, beginning at the top left-hand side or tip (if it is a leaf). Insert the needle in the right side, exactly opposite of where the thread came through the fabric on the left side. The thread should be left sufficiently loose to be brought somewhat down upon the rib. Bring the needle out on the center line with the point above the thread just laid across as in Figure 1.

Roman Stitch Illustration 1
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Roman Stitch Illustration 2
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Insert the needle again just below the thread, tying it down with a small stitch; bring the needle through to the left side again for the next stitch as in Figure 2.

If the stitches are made slanting, as in Figure 3, the needle is inserted diagonally.

Roman Stitch Leaf
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Roman Stitch is used only in conventional work.

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