category: simple drawn thread filling pattern
linen used: 13.5/cm thread-count
threads used: coton à broder No. 20
stitches used: Four-Sided stitches
vertical center axis: four thread column

The pattern shown below is a practice exercise only. You can see it used in a shape at the end of this article.

It makes sense to start in the middle. In addition to the 4 threads that remain, a pair of threads is withdrawn on each side.

Four threads are now alternately left on both sides of the withdrawn thread line and another pair of threads is withdrawn.

Rotate the work 90° and turn it to the back side.
Four-Sided stitches are embroidered over the four middle threads from the back and from left to right, each bundling 4 fabric threads.

The Four-Sided stitches of the adjacent rows are worked staggered by 2 fabric threads.

This gives the remaining fabric threads of the withdrawn thread lines a zigzag alignment.

From the front, it looks like this:

Securing the thread ends is done either under the edge stitches or under the crosses of the Four-Sided stitches.

The pattern is suitable for medium-sized areas.

I found this pattern in a border of a parade cushion from 1821. Here it fills the basket motif in combination with Satin stitch bars.

I embroidered it in a tulip (here 16/cm thread-count linen and coton à broder No. 25 ).

I find the combination with the pattern that is created when you embroider the Wave stitch from the back appropriate, as can be seen here in the tulip point.

Modifications can be achieved by using finer thread – like here No. 25 on 13.5/cm thread-count linen – or by withdrawing one or two more threads.

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