Cobbler filling stitch
Using a tapestry needle, bring the thread up to the surface and then back down over 4 threads of the canvas creating a vertical stitch
Make an identical parallel stitch 4 threads to the left increasing the tension during the up stitch to pull the fabric threads together
Repeat the parallel stitch 2 threads to the left, again increasing the tension during the up stitch
Repeat the parallel stitch 4 threads to the left, again increasing the tension during the up stitch
Start the row below by bringing the needle up 6 threads below the bottom of your last stitch
Complete the row by working back in the opposite direction with the same vertical stitches over 4 threads, each stitch should be directly underneath those of the row above
To complete the pattern, join the previous vertical stitches with horizontal ones to create squares.
Cobbler filling completed using a white thread to pull the fabric threads together shows off the negative space created.
Structure of stitch
Identifying Cobbler filling stitch
Rows and columns of four threads pulled together to create a ‘window pane’ pattern in between each.
Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012)
Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.50–1