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This blackwork stitch consists of partial rectangles joined in a wave pattern.  It gives an angular effect, suitable for larger areas.

Bricked wave (pattern) is generously sponsored by Vicky De Angelis



Start by stitching a horizontal row of running stitches over four threads and under one thread of the fabric.


Stitch a parallel line two fabric threads below, ensuring each stitch is in line with the previous row.


Continue to fill the space.


Work across the shape again, with a vertical stitch over two fabric threads to join the horizontal lines at alternate ends.  Concentrate on a column at a time and zig zag across the shape.


Continue across the space.

Bricked wave (pattern)

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.152
  • Becky Hogg, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Blackwork (2010) , p.76