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Open zigzag (pattern)

‚ÄčA blackwork pattern made up of rows of zigzag lines stitched diagonally over the fabric, with an added horizontal stitch at each point. It is a mid-scale pattern and is suitable for creating a geometric effect within more linear shapes.

Open zigzag (pattern) is generously sponsored by Carolyn Burrow


Open zigzag (pattern) method stage 1 photograph

Make a horizontal stitch over two threads them bring the needle up diagonally two threads above

Open zigzag (pattern) method stage 2 photograph

Complete a back stitch into the same hole the previous stitch ends and then bring the needle up at the end of that stitch so that the thread on the back is obscured by the last surface stitch

Open zigzag (pattern) method stage 3 photograph

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.147