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Rope stitch

  • Point de Cable Stitch
  • Point de cote
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This surface stitch consists of slanted stitches angled together to form a line which resembles a rope.  It has similarities with stem stitch and a narrow slanted satin stitch.

There is a variation of rope stitch which resembles slanted satin stitch with one edge raised.

Rope stitch seems to have been first documented in the 1880s, but it was used on American samplers from the 17th century.

Rope stitch is generously sponsored by Alice Cheung for her mother Mei Fung Cheung Lau’s birthday, for showing Alice the wonderful world of embroidery.


To keep your stitches parallel take your needle down close to the previous stitch on the acute angle and bring it up slightly wider on the obtuse angle.


Draw a wide guideline.  Bring your needle up on the bottom edge of the guideline, a short distance from the end.


Take your needle down at the end of the guideline, on the top edge.


Bring your needle up on the bottom edge, just along from where the first stitch emerged.


Take your thread down on the top edge just along from where the first stitch went down.


Continue in the same way.


The finished stitch.

Rope stitch

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques


  • S. F. A. Caulfeild, Blanche C. Saward, The Dictionary of Needlework (1882) , p.192
  • Ethel Stanwood Bolton, American samplers (1921) , p.396