Jessica stitch consists of straight stitches angled around 360 degrees to leave a central circular aperture. Even-weave fabric with easily counted threads is most suitable for this stitch. The outside edge of Jessica stitch is normally circular, but it can be worked so that the outside is a square or other shape. The size and number of straight stitches can be altered to create varying effects including elongating it to create an oval central aperture.
Jessica stitch can be used to hold small items such as a shisha mirror.
This stitch first appears in Jean Hilton’s 1992 publication Stimulating Stitches, although its origins possibly pre-date this book.
Bring the needle up to the surface and take it down three threads to the right and four threads up.
For the second stitch, come up at three threads to the left and three threads down, and take the needle down at four threads to the right and three threads up. This stitch should cross the first.
For the third stitch, bring the needle up at four threads to the left and two threads down, and insert it at five threads to the left and one thread up.
For the fourth stitch, bring the needle up at four threads to the left, and insert it five threads to the right and one thread down.
Repeat the first set of four stitches in the same manner, just rotating the angles as shown. Bring the needle up at four threads to the left and two threads up, and insert it at four threads to the right and three threads down.
The last set of four stitches need to be tucked under the first four stitches. Slide your needle under the previous stitches.
Continue working stitches in the same way, making sure you slide your needle under all of the previous stitches.
A completed Jessica stitch.
Structure of stitch
Jessica stitch could be used to hold down a shisha mirror or other small round object.
Jean Hilton, Stimulating stitches (1992)
Jo Ippolito Christensen, The Needlepoint Book (1999) , p.264