Knotted Diamond Stitch is the latest addition to my video library of hand embroidery stitches! It’s a decorative band stitch that’s easy and quick to work, and looks great!
The knotted diamond stitch makes a decorative band of diamond shapes between two parallel lines. It can be worked horizontally or vertically. It would make a great seam treatment in crazy quilting, it could be used as an edge treatment on a towel, or for lines in band samplers. I was thinking it would make a neat edge border around the outside of a card, for paper embroidery, but I haven’t had a chance to try that yet!
You can build on the stitch, too, by adding other elements to it – like French knots or colonial knots in the centers of the diamonds, or daisy stitch petals coming off the points of, or placed in the “V” between, the diamonds.
Some hints which I touch on briefly in the video:
I find the stitch faster to work if you lay your thread on the fabric in the correct arrangement, rather than wrapping the thread around the needle for each knot.
When you work from the right to left (forming two knots, one on each side – you’ll see it in the video), lay your thread down in the shape of a “C” (equivalent to wrapping your thread over and around the needle counter-clockwise).
When you work the center knot coming back (from left to right), lay your thread down in the shape of a “G” (again, you’ll see this in the video) – this is equivalent to wrapping your thread over the top of the needle, and back around, clockwise.
It also helps at first to mark off even spacing for the “X” that’s formed by the stitch, until you can judge it by eye.
I’m using perle cotton #5 in the video (and in the photo above). It’s a nice thread for this stitch, although it works well with other threads, too.
Here’s the video:
You can find more videos in my collection of how-to videos for hand embroidery.