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Single faggot stitch

  • Diagonal line stitch
  • Diagonal square stitch

Single faggot stitch is a simple stitch worked on the diagonal. It is the foundation for a variety of diagonal stitches.

Single faggot stitch is generously sponsored by Hilary Hale

Method

Single faggot stitch method stage 1 photograph
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Bring the needle up just inside your outline. Make a vertical stitch up over four threads.

Single faggot stitch method stage 2 photograph
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Count left four and down four, bring the needle up and pull.

Single faggot stitch method stage 3 photograph
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Make a horizontal stitch four to the right, back down into the first hole.

Single faggot stitch method stage 4 photograph
4

Count four left and four down, bring the needle up and pull.

Single faggot stitch method stage 5 photograph
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Make a vertical stitch up over four threads, into the previous hole. Repeat to complete the first row.

Single faggot stitch method stage 6 photograph
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To begin the second row, bring the needle up through the first hole of the previous row and make a horizontal stitch over four threads to the left.

Single faggot stitch method stage 7 photograph
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Count right four and up four, bring the needle up and pull.

Single faggot stitch method stage 8 photograph
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Make a vertical stitch down over four threads, into the hole of the previous row. Repeat to complete the row.

Single faggot stitch method stage 9 photograph
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Continue creating more rows as above to complete single faggot stitch.

Single faggot stitch

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques

References

  • Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.97
  • Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.192
  • Lizzy Lansberry, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Whitework (2012)
  • Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012)