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Norwich stitch

  • Waffle stitch
  • Southern cross

This large canvaswork stitch is made up of woven threads which result in a square with a raised central diamond.

This stitch has been generously sponsored in memory of Gabrielle Luff.


The same stitch can be worked across any square of an uneven number of threads. A combination of sizes in one area can work well.


Begin with a stitch from the bottom left-hand corner to the top right-hand corner across nine intersections of the canvas (1-2)


Then make a stitch from the bottom right-hand corner to the top left-hand corner (3-4)


Continue to follow the numbers on the stitch diagram - you will make eighteen stitches in total.


The final stitch (35-36), should be slipped under stitch 29-30 at the edge.

Norwich stitch

Structure of stitch

Common uses

This stitch can be worked as a single motif or as part of a block of the same stitch.

Embroidery Techniques


  • Rachel Doyle, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Canvaswork (2013) , p.72
  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.116