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 red thread over green fabric or white thread on 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.

basque stitch 1   basque stitch 2
 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 ‘8’ shape or an inverse ‘S’ shape.
basque stitch 3         basque stitch 4
 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. 
basque stitch 5
Fig 5: A completed line of basque stitch will look like this.