Reversed cushion stitch
- Reversed Scotch stitch
- Cushion stitch
This canvaswork stitch consists of four small square blocks stitched on the diagonal. Two of the blocks have a stitch angle of bottom left to top right and the other two blocks are the reverse of this: together they form a larger square block with a diamond motif.
Begin with a tent stitch in the top left-hand corner.
Bring your needle up one thread below the start of the previous stitch, and make a stitch across two intersections; repeat across three intersections,
then two and finally make another tent stitch.
For the next block to the right, reverse the stitch direction: begin at the bottom left-hand side with a reversed tent stitch and work the other four stitches across to the top right-hand corner.
Continue the sequence along the row. Each row should mirror the row above.
Structure of stitch
Reversed cushion is a slightly raised, structured stitch with a small square pattern repeat which adds subtle texture to a piece.
Identifying Reversed cushion stitch
This version of cushion stitch is worked in straight rows. Each cushion block is made up of five diagonal stitches across a square of three by three canvas threads and mirrors the stitch direction of its neighbour.
Mary Thomas, Jan Eaton, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (Revised Edition) (1989) , p.126
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.104
Betty Barnden, The Embroidery Stitch Bible (2003) , p.157
Kate Haxell, The Stitch Bible (2012) , p.144
Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012) , p.203