Darning Stitch

Schematic drawing of the darning stitch.. Schematic drawing of the darning stitch.. Drawing by Martin Hense.

A darning stitch is a decorative technique whereby a running stitch is worked in parallel lines in order to create a pattern with both negative and positive elements. The result is called darned embroidery, or pattern darning. It is normally a form of counted thread embroidery, worked on an even-weave ground.

This type of work can be found in many parts of the world. It was popular, for example, in the Eastern Mediterranean (see Mamluk samplers; Qadisha Valley embroidery) during the medieval period.

The darning stitch is also known as the tacking stitch.

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1934). Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches, London: Hodder and Stoughton, pp. 72-73.


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