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Tied Gobelin stitch

  • Knotted stitch
  • Persian cross stitch
  • Pangolin stitch

‚ÄčThis is a very small and neat stitch that can give a delicate texture to small areas. Tied gobelin is very slow to work.

Tied Gobelin stitch is generously sponsored by Gillian Giddins



To begin, make a slanted stitch across three by one canvas threads.


Make a reverse tent stitch in the centre of this.


Repeat across the row, always making the long stitch first and then cross it.


On each following row, begin two threads down and make the long stitch so that it encroaches into the previous row, sharing the canvas hole with the reversed tent stitch.

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques

Identifying Tied Gobelin stitch

‚ÄčThis stitch is made up of bands of slanted stitches held down (tied) in the centre.

Always work the rows from top to bottom or bottom to top.

May be worked horizontally as show or by turning the stitch through ninety degrees to work vertical bands.


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.111
  • Jennifer Campbell, Ann-Marie Bakewell, Guide to Embroidery Stitches (2004)