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Harlequin (pattern)

This blackwork stitch consists of horizontal diamonds, hence the name ‘Harlequin’ after the costume of the pantomime character.

Harlequin (pattern) is generously sponsored by Pam Farmer



Make a diagonal stitch across four threads and down one thread from top left to bottom right.


Bring the needle up two threads below where you started and make a diagonal stitch across four threads and up one thread; take your needle down in the same hole as the end of previous stitch.


Repeat the last two steps to complete a vertical row of zigzags.


Work the next vertical row by completing the diamond shapes: stitch a mirror image zigzag which shares the holes of the first row.


Continue working up and down across the shape to complete the pattern.

Harlequin (pattern)

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.154