- Josephine stitch
Parisian stitch is a medium-sized flat canvas stitch consisting of alternating long and short stitches worked in horizontal bands
This stitch evidently dates from at least the 19th century as it features under the name ‘Josephine stitch’ in a British publication from 1847 called The illuminated book of needlework. Unfortunately, no indication is given regarding who Josephine was.
Make a vertical stitch across two threads of canvas. Next to it make, a vertical stitch across four threads of canvas.
For the second row, place the small stitch directly below the longer stitch and vice versa so that the stitches interlock.
Structure of stitch
Identifying Parisian stitch
Worked in horizontal bands and consists of two different size stitches laid alternately and parallel to one another. The smaller stitch being half the length of the larger. Each row is offset with that above allowing the pattern to fit perfectly together and cover the canvas ground.
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.118
Kate Haxell, The Stitch Bible (2012) , p.150
Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004) , p.210
Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012) , p.207