Diagonal Stitches

Diagonal stitches include Cushion Stitch (or Scotch Stitch) which is used in the style of needlepoint known as stitchery in which textured stitches are used to make geometric patterns which cover the canvas.

As with straignt stitches always stitch with each stitch going in the same direction; don't try to skimp on yarn by stitching alternatly bottom to top then top to bottom as the threads will not lie flat and the work will look uneven.

Mosaic Stitch

This is the simplest diagonal stitch. It is built up of cells of three stitches two short stitches flanking one long one. Complete each cell seperately before moving on to the next. Mosaic stitch can be worked by forming cells in rows (as shown) or diagonally, in which case the fourth stitch would start at the point marked X rather than the poit marked 7.

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Reversed Mosaic Stitch

Reverse Mosaic Stitch is like mosaic stitch but alternate cells are worked on the opposite diagonal. Again it can be worked by forming cells in rows or diagonally.

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Reversed Cushion Stitch (or Reversed Scotch Stitch)


Reverse Cushion stitch is like reverse mosaic stitch but is worked with five diagonals worked over 1, 2, 3, 2 and 1 intersection respectively. Again it can be worked in horizontal rows (as shown) or diagonally.

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Diagonal Mosaic Stitch (or Condensed Scotch Stitch)

As the alternative name suggests this stitch is similar to Scotch Stitch but the diagonal repeat is one stich less. This has the effect of making the cells overlap. The result looks quite different as it emphasises the diagonal. It should only be worked diagonally, first down then back up.

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