- Double herringbone stitch
Chevron stitch is a wide zigzag stitch with additional straight stitches at an angle to the points of the zigzags.
Chevron stitch is used in Morocco, in both Old Rabat embroidery, a silk floss technique which dates from the late 17th to the mid 19th century, and Azemmour embroidery, a counted thread technique which uses negative space designs.
Take a horizontal stitch from left to right and bring the needle up in the centre with the loop of the thread below the needle.
Pull the thread tight and make a diagonal stitch to the right hand side.
Bring the needle up to the left. Take the needle down to the right, ensuring that the end of the diagonal stitch sits centrally between these two points.
Bring the needle up in the same hole as the end of the diagonal stitch. Make a second diagonal stitch to the right.
Continue to zig-zag the stitch up and down.
Structure of stitch
Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.18–9
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.46–7
Anchor Embroidery, 100 Embroidery Stitches
Kate Haxell, The Stitch Bible (2012)
Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004)
Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012)
Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, 'Rabat embroidery (Morocco)', TRC Leiden (2017). Available at: https://www.trc-leiden.nl/trc-needles/regional-traditions/middle-east-and-north-africa/pre-modern-middle-east-and-north-africa/rabat-embroidery-morocco (Accessed: 20 August 2012)
Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, 'Azemmour Embroidery (Morocco)', TRC Leiden (2017). Available at: https://www.trc-leiden.nl/trc-needles/regional-traditions/middle-east-and-north-africa/pre-modern-middle-east-and-north-africa/azemmour-embroidery-morocco (Accessed: 25 August 2021)