How to hand embroider Diamond Stitch

Diamond stitch sampleThis week for Take a Stitch Tuesday we have Diamond stitch. I discovered this stitch in Marion Nichlos Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches

Even though Diamond Stitch is normally worked between to parallel rows it can be stacked or worked free form. As a stitch it is versatile enough to produce some interesting effects as the pattern it creates as you work it row upon row is interesting and can be further enhanced with beads or lacing.

How to work Diamond Stitch.

Diamond stitch step 1

Work this stitch between two imaginary parallel lines from top to bottom.

Bring the needle to the front of the fabric and make a straight stitch across the row.

Diamond stitch step 2Make a small stitch down the line as illustrated.

Diamond stitch step 3Slide the needle under the straight stitch from top to bottom.

Wrap the thread over the needle, and then take it under the needle, as illustrated.

Diamond stitch step 4Pull the needle through the wrap. As you do this pull to the to the right and the loop will tighten. Pull until the loop is a snug knot.

Diamond stitch step 5Slide the needle under the straight top bar stitch from top to bottom.
Wrap the thread over the needle, and then take it under the needle, as illustrated.

Diamond stitch step 6Pull the needle through the wrap pulling to the to the left as the loop tightens. Pull until the loop is snug

 Diamond stitch step 7
Take the needle to the back of the fabric near the knot at the point illustrated.

Diamond stitch step 8Have the needle emerge further down the line under the knot as illustrated.

Diamond stitch step 9Slide the needle under the bar you have just created.

Wrap the thread over the needle, and then take it under the needle, as illustrated.

Diamond stitch step 10Pull the thread through in a downward motion, tighten until a knot sits in the centre of the bar. Don’t pull too tight just make the knot snug.

Diamond stitch step 11Take needle to the back of the fabric on the right hand line and bring needle out a little down the line as illustrated.

Diamond stitch step 12Slide the needle under the last bar to start the next stitch.

Diamond stitch step 13Continue this way down the line. I hope you enjoy Diamond Stitch

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23 Comments

  1. I didn’t have a chance to do the first extra challenge although I wanted too. I did however finish my armadillo. Yah! He features 13 of the TAST stitches. couching, running, French knot, Portuguese border, knotted cable chain, knotted feather, inverted feather, triangular feather, laced herringbone square, buttonholed herringbone, sailors, sailor’s edge, and Breton stitches.
    http://playfulstitching.wordpress.com/2013/04/04/armadillo/
    Thank you Sharon for providing me the opportunity to explore and play with these stitches.

    1. Liz leave it on the last TAST entry as then people can see it- if goes too far back no-one notices and you dont get visits! It was due on the 4th but I have not done the round up yet.

      sharonb

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