Braid stitch filling
- Braid stitch
This pulled work stitch uses double back stitch to form rows of diamonds interspersed with parallel lines. The rows are offset so that the diamonds fit into the gaps in the previous row. The reverse side of the stitch is formed by closed herringbone stitch which forms a solid, textured line resembling a simple braid - this may account for the name.
The stitch lends itself to larger design areas.
The first mention of this stitch is in Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, published in 1934.
Bring the needle up at two threads to the left and two down, and make another back stitch. This completes a double back stitch.
Work from right to left and make five double back stitches. Then, come up at four threads to the left and four up, and insert the needle to join the top row of stitches.
Now come up at two threads to the left and four down, and insert the needle to join the bottom row of stitches.
Then bring the needle up at four threads to the left and six up, and insert it to join the top diagonal stitch.
When a hexagon shape is complete, bring the needle up at four threads to the left and four up.
Work another row of five double back stitches. Continue until you fill the area.
Continue to fill the area. Refer to the diagram to see how the rows fit into each other.
Braid stitch filling when the thread is pulled tightly.
Braid stitch filling - reverse side
Structure of stitch
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.14–5
Moyra McNeill, Pulled thread (1971) , p.81