Oblique Gobelin stitch
- Gobelin stitch
- Oblique Slav stitch
- Diagonal Gobelin stitch
- Slanted Gobelin stitch
Oblique Gobelin stitch is a slightly elongated diagonal stitch; it is traditionally worked over two horizontal and one vertical thread.
This is the slanted version of Gobelin stitch (see straight Gobelin stitch for the upright version). Historically, the name Gobelin stitch has been used for both this version and the straight version.
For more background, see the entry for Straight Gobelin stitch.
Working left to right, start with a diagonal stitch running top right to bottom left, down over two horizontal threads and across one vertical thread.
Bring the needle up one thread to the right of the top of the completed stitch and repeat. There should be a long diagonal stitch on the reverse of the canvas.
Return in the opposite direction by bringing the needle up two threads below the bottom of the last stitch and taking it down one thread to the right of the base of the stitch above.
Structure of stitch
Bands of satin stitch
Smooth bands useful to simulate architectural detail such as shiplap or panelling. Also works well used as a single band to produce a border stitch.
S. F. A. Caulfield, Blanche C. Saward, The Dictionary of Needlework (1882) , p.183–4
Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.88
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.106
Thérèse De Dillmont, Encyclopedia of Needlework (1886) , p.220
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