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​A detailed blackwork pattern which forms an abstract geometric design.  It is made up rows of eight-spoke eyelets although each row is offset so the eyelets are not readily apparent.  It is fairly small in scale, making for a denser pattern, and is suitable for rounded, natural shapes.

Waffle (pattern) is generously sponsored by Carolyn Jones



Start by working eight spokes into the same hole to produce an eyelet. Each stitch should be over two threads or intersections of the evenweave fabric.


Copy step one by working horizontally to complete the row.


Work the next row by continuing to work more eight spoked eyelets, this time the eyelets are offset from the previous row.


Continue to fill the shape.

Waffle (pattern)

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques


  • Becky Hogg, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Blackwork (2010) , p.42
  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.143