Barred Box Stitch

barred box sample complete

I was hoping to be getting on with my Dutch band sampler this weekend: it’s nearly finished at last. But I’ve got a stinking cold so I’m keeping the silk sampler safely out of harm’s way. Instead, here’s another stitch from the Mordvalaisten pukuja kuoseja book for you to experiment with. This one is a good line stitch, more solid than cross stitch. I’m calling it Barred Box Stitch as I don’t know its proper name. It’s a bit like that pencil and paper game of boxes.

Barred Box Stitch diagram

It’s worked in two stages. The first stage is just a row of vertical lines. The second stage completes each box: top, diagonal and base line. It’s more-or less reversible, too. It can be worked on the diagonal, and in various sizes. It’s very straightforward as a line stitch, but working around corners does take a bit more planning and the occasional ‘fudge’ if you want to keep all the diagonal bars lying in the same direction.

barred box sample in progress

The scrolling patterns on the sample are also taken from the same book. Here’s a chart for the pattern. barred box border chart (Click to see full size.)

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2 Responses to “Barred Box Stitch”

  1. I’ve seen stitches a little like this, but not exactly. It’s fascinating to see how many variants there are, isn’t it!

    • suetortoise Says:

      Yes, so many stitches – some of them surprisingly simple. I was sure this one would be in the books, but if it is I haven’t found it yet. As with many stitches, it needs the right thread – in this case something fairly soft – to get a well-filled line. Worked larger, or with firmer thread, the structure is more open and obvious. A useful stitch for lines that turn corners.

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