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Point Croisé Stitch

Piece of point croisé embroidery, showing the two parallel lines. Piece of point croisé embroidery, showing the two parallel lines.

Point croisé stitch is a version of a back stitch, in which two parallel lines of stitches are made on the front of the ground material by working an interlacing stitch in the form of a herringbone stitch on the reverse side of the cloth. 

This stitch is used to create a form of embroidery called shadow work. It was very popular in some forms of nineteenth and twentieth century embroidery, such as on embroidered silk postcards. In India, shadow work is associated with chikan work.

Source: CAULFEILD, Sophia Frances Anne and Blanche C. SAWARD (1882), The Dictionary of Needlework: An Encyclopaedia of Artistic, Plain and Fancy Needlework, London: L. Upcott Gill, p. 189.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 7th July 2016).

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