Condensed mosaic stitch
- German stitch
- Florence stitch
- Diagonal mosaic stitch
This canvaswork stitch is a variation on mosaic stitch. Both are worked diagonally over one or two intersections of canvas: condensed mosaic stitch forms diagonal lines whereas mosaic stitch forms small squares.
This stitch dates from at least the 19th century, as it appears in an 1842 publication from the USA (The handbook of needlework) under the name ‘German stitch’. Later in the same century ‘German stitch’ is also listed as one of the stitches used in Berlin woolwork.
With a diagonal stitch from bottom left to top right, work over one intersection.
Work back up repeating the pattern; with the small stitch touching the longest stitch of the previous row,
and the longest stitch touching the shortest of the previous row, neatly interlocking.
Structure of stitch
Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004) , p.181
Miss F Lambert, 'The hand-book of needlework', archive.org (1842). Available at: https://archive.org/details/handbookneedlew00lambgoog/page/n11/mode/2up (Accessed: 14 July 2022)
Florence Hartley, The ladies’ handbook of fancy and ornamental work (1860) , p.71
Adelaide E Heron, 'Dainty work for pleasure and profit', archive.org (1891). Available at: https://archive.org/details/daintyworkforple00hero/page/142/mode/2up (Accessed: 03 August 2022)