Stitch of the Month
March 1998: Diagonal Tent (Basketweave) Stitch
by Beth Robertson
This stitch will be your work horse as it can be used
in large or small areas. It is great for backgrounds,
areas with large amounts of shading, or when you want a
smooth effect, as it produces little pattern or texture.
It is best to use this stitch when working designs that
will have a lot of use such as chair seats, foot stools,
rugs, purses, and belts. The stitch produces little
canvas distortion and wears very well. The name
Basketweave comes from the reverse side of the stitch.
When worked properly it produces a Basketweave pattern.
To obtain the best results with this stitch, it is
important to understand how to read the grain of the
canvas. Mono canvas is made up of threads that are woven
over and under each other. The point where the canvas
threads cross is called an intersection. These
intersections alternate with a vertical thread on top
then a horizontal thread on top. This pattern repeats
vertically and horizontally across the canvas. A diagonal
row of intersections has either all vertical threads on
top or all horizontal threads on top.
Diagonal Tent or Basketweave is worked in diagonal
rows up and down the canvas. Work the rows down, from
upper left to lower right, over vertical threads. Work
the rows up, from lower right to upper left, over
horizontal threads. Using this method allows you to
easily find where you stopped. It also prevents diagonal
ridges that can occur by working two adjacent rows in the
same direction. When starting and ending threads, be sure
to always secure them vertically or horizontally on the
back of the canvas. This also prevents ridges from
developing in your needlework.
In the diagram on the right, the stitch is unfilled so
you can see the over/under grid beneath the stitches.