AREA 6: Victorian Step

By Suzanne Howren

Threads Used:


Use 1 strand of Panache PN16 (My Thread ___________) for the entire stitch

Note that Panache is a rayon thread that easily snags. It is best to cover the completed area with tissue paper or plastic wrap to avoid any snags when working other areas.

Comments on Stitch

I chose Victorian step because I really love the look it creates when stitched. The diagonal will make a very strong statement in any type of area. I also like working this stitch horizontally (just turn the diagram). It's an excellent choice for clothing, mountains, treetops, baskets and it's also a wonderful background stitch.

My preferred thread choice is a stranded thread, like cotton floss or Mandarin Floss, or one of the stranded silks like Soie Cristale, Splendor, Soie d'Alger or Needlepoint Inc. Silk; or a stranded wool like Burmilana, Designer's Dream or even Lorikeet. If you want to try a multicolored thread I would recommend using one of the subtle tone on tone colors like Sampler Threads, Weeks Dye Works 6 Strand Floss, ThreadworX Overdyed Cotton Floss, Stars, Daisies, or Weeks Dye Works Crewel Wool.

Designer Biographical Information

Suzanne Howren is a needlework teacher, designer and author. She co-authored Stitches for Effect, More Stitches for Effect, Even More Stitches for Effect, Stitches to Go, The Thread Thesaurus and New Twists on Needlework Embellishment. Her designs have appeared in NeedlePointers, Needlepoint Now and Piecework magazines. In 1998 she was awarded the ANG Literary Award. She designs hand-painted canvas with stitch guides called Just Add Threads™ as well as counted needlepoint designs. Suzanne has taught classes for retail shops, local guilds, The National Needlework Association, ANG National Seminar and Callaway Gardens School of Needlearts.