Basque Stitch

Also known as : Twisted daisy border stitch

This stitch originated from the Basque provinces of northern Spain. Basque stitch has been found in old embroideries from these areas of Spain, southern France, and Portugal as well. This stitch was used along with Basque knot (of the Palestrina family of stitches). Traditionally, Basque stitch was done with a red thread over green fabric or white thread on a blue-green background.

For this lesson, I have used a curved stitch line from where the stitch will originate. I have also drawn a parallel line below it, to keep each basque stitch in equal length with each other. This stitch follows easy curves and gives a complicated look.

Fig 1: Bring the needle out through A. Take it in through B and bring it out through C without pulling it out completely. Fig 2: Now, follow the illustration above to wrap the thread around the needle in a sort of half ā€˜8ā€™ shape or an inverse ā€˜Sā€™ shape.
Fig 3: Pull out the needle to get a twisted daisy chain. Take the needle in through a point just outside the chain, near C to finish it. Bring the needle out through the point D as shown above. Note that D lies between A-B and it lays the start for the next twisted chain. Fig 4: Now continue the procedure with the next point as E.
Fig 5: A completed line of basque stitch will look like this.
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31 Responses

  1. Reshma United States Safari  Android 4.0 says:

    Dear Sarah,
    Your website is of such a great help ,especially for beginners. I have learnt pretty much everything I know from your tutorials. I am so grateful for your efforts in creating this space. Thank you and God bless you šŸ˜Š

  2. mukta kulkarni India Google Chrome Windows says:

    Its really nice work….. simply beautiful stitches… and in the way how to do it… lots of thanks………..

  3. latha India Google Chrome Linux says:

    this is my kutch work in a saree. finished the work last month…..
    here is the link

  4. latha India Google Chrome Linux says:

    Dear Sarah, love your amazing work.already did basque stitch and eskimo laced edging in my saree blouse. thanks a ton. You have made embroidery so easy and interesting……..will upload fotos soon.

    love, latha.

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