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This pulled work stitch consists of a counted satin stitch border around a square eyelet.  It is always worked over an even number of threads, although that number can vary.  It is traditionally worked as a whitework stitch.


The first published references to this stitch are in the early 20th century.

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The example below is worked over 12 fabric thread square with the outer stitches over two fabric threads. The outer stitches can be worked over three fabric threads if a larger, more prominent square is required.  Use a thread which is strong enough to hold the pulled stitches and a tapestry needle in order to avoid splitting the fabric threads.


Work 9 vertical satin stitches over two horizontal fabric threads. Pull each stitch tightly.


Start forming the corner of a square by working three diagonal stitches which share a hole with the previous straight stitch.


Work 9 horizontal satin stitches over two vertical fabric threads to form the next side of the square. Pull each stitch tightly.


Continue in this way to create the outer square.


Sharing the inner holes of the satin stitches, work a square eyelet with 16 stitches radiating around a central hole.

Drawn square stitch

Embroidery Techniques


  • Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.106
  • Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.82