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John stitch

​John stitch is made up of blocks of Tent stitch and Reversed tent stitch with a long slanted stitch separating them.

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First work three tent stitches in a vertical line.


To the left of these, work three reversed tent stitches (tent stitches which slant from top left to bottom right) to make a rectangular block.


Beneath this block make a stitch across two by one threads of canvas from top left to bottom right.


Repeat this group in vertical rows.

John stitch

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques

Identifying John stitch

A repeated pattern of ​one line of three tent stitches alongside one line of three reversed tent stitches, followed by a long slanted stitch (across two by one canvas threads).


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.113