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Closed diagonal darning (pattern)

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This blackwork stitch consists of long straight stitches, offset by one thread, to form subtle diagonal stripes.  It provides dense, flat coverage.

Closed diagonal darning (pattern) is generously sponsored by Frances Malik



Work a series of straight horizontal parallel stitches over five fabric threads. Each stitch should be offset horizontally by one fabric thread from the stitch above.


Work back up the shape repeating the same stitch over five threads, ensuring each stitch shares a hole with the previous stitch on that line.


Continue to fill the space by working back and forth across the area to be filled.

Closed diagonal darning (pattern)

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.153