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Three-sided stitch

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This pulled work stitch consists of two parallel lines connected by a pattern of zigzags which provide the triangle effect.  The stitches are worked a second time over the original ones which pulls the fabric slightly tighter and gives a heavier line.  Each stitch is double on the right side of the fabric, but the diagonal stitches are single on the reverse side.

Three-sided stitch can be used as a border or as a filling by stitching multiple rows.

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Work from right to left. Pull each stitch tightly.


Bring the needle up four threads from the edge of the area to be filled, then take the needle down four threads to the right.


Come up again where it first emerged. Repeat this to make two stitches using the same holes. It is like you are making a back stitch twice one on top of the other.


Make a pair of diagonal stitches: insert the needle four threads up and two threads to the right and then make a second stitch over this one.


Make another pair of back stitches, bringing the needle up four threads to the left after the end of the diagonal stitches.


Make another pair of diagonal stitches, bringing the needle up four threads down and two threads to the right, which is where the first pair started.


Make another pair of back stitches, bringing the needle up four threads to the left.


Repeat the process.

Three-sided stitch

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques


  • Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.96
  • Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.199
  • Anchor Embroidery, 100 Embroidery Stitches
  • Sarah Whittle, The Needlecraft Stitch Directory (2012) , p.187