Plaited Gobelin stitch
This canvaswork stitch is made up of rows of oblique stitches which slant in alternate directions to create a herringbone effect. It is similar to fern stitch, but for this stitch the rows encroach on each other.
Starting at the top right hand side of your shape, stitch a diagonal stitch from bottom right to top left, up four and across two canvas threads.
Work the next row from left to right , working diagonal stitches from bottom left to top right. Each stitch should lie directly below those on the previous line and encroach by two threads of the canvas so that the new row crosses the previous one.
Structure of stitch
Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.89
Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.129
Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004)