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​A blackwork pattern where lines are formed by vertical rows of small zigzags, with each stitch worked diagonally over the fabric. It is quite a dense pattern, good for creating a linear effect.

Zigzag (pattern) is generously sponsored by Rachel Nichols



Make a diagonal stitch from top right to bottom left over two intersections.


Bring the needle up two intersections down to the right and complete a diagonal stitch connected to the last.


Repeat the last two steps and continue to work a zigzag column.


Working back up the shape, complete another identical column two threads away from the previous one.


Continue working columns across the shape ensuring each stitch is in line with the stitches in the previous column.

Zigzag (pattern)

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques


  • Becky Hogg, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Blackwork (2010) , p.50
  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.147