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Diagonal leaf stitch

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This canvaswork stitch uses straight stitches fanning out from a central line to form a leaf shape; diagonal rows of the leaf shapes interlock to fill the canvas.  As its name suggests, it is a diagonal version of leaf stitch.

Diagonal leaf stitch is generously sponsored by Mrs P. Williams

Method

1

Start at the point of the leaf with a diagonal stitch over two intersections of the canvas (top left to bottom right).

2

Bring the needle up one thread below the starting point and take it down at the end of the previous stitch.

3

Bring the needle up one thread below the beginning of the previous stitch, count down one and right three threads.

4

Bring the needle up one thread below the beginning of the previous stitch, count down one and right four threads.

5

Repeat two more stitches below at the same orientation, each stepped to the right by one canvas thread.

6

Bring the needle to the surface four threads up and left one, take the needle down at the base of the last stitch.

7

Work two more stitches of the same orientation stepped by one intersection to mirror the other side of the leaf.

8

Bring the needle to the surface one thread to the left, level with the last stitch and take it down three threads below and one thread to the right.

9

Bring the needle to the surface one thread to the left (level with the top of the last stitch) and take it down at the base of the very first stitch to complete the first diagonal leaf.

10

Count three intersections from the point of the leaf to start the tip of the next diagonal leaf stitch.

11

Repeat the previous steps to complete an adjoining leaf.

12

To work the next row, start the first stitch one intersection down from where two leaf shapes meet on the previous row.

Diagonal leaf stitch

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques

References

  • Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004) , p.217
  • Betty Barnden, The Embroidery Stitch Bible (2003) , p.194