The name ‘Jacquard’ presumably refers to the Jacquard machine, a device fitted to a loom which enables the weaving of complex designs. The machine was patented in 1804, which suggests the stitch must date from the 19th century. Thérèse de Dillmont’s 1890 Encyclopedia of Needlework supports this theory as she says it can be used to “produce the effect of brocaded stuff”.
Start with a horizontal row of six diagonal stitches, each over two intersections of the canvas, laying bottom left to top right.
To achieve the stepped appearance, complete a further five diagonal stitches in a vertical column.
The adjacent rows are again worked in a stepped appearance but with a shorter stitch over one intersection of the canvas, like a tent stitch.
Structure of stitch
A Canvas stitch used for filling large areas, producing the effect of a woven fabric.
Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004) , p.187
Kate Haxell, The Stitch Bible (2012) , p.149
Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012) , p.207
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.136
Thérèse De Dillmont, Encyclopedia of Needlework (1886) , p.136-7