Portuguese stem stitch, Mary Corbet


Sat outside this morning considering whether I can find a place to use this stitch in my Coronation sampler. I am looking for something rope-like that gives a heavy-textured effect and can easily take a curve. I’ve not used this stitch before so will give it a go and see how it works out!

Have tried to find out about the origin of this stitch, but there is very little information that I can see in the historical texts I have in my Needlework library. The author, Deanna Hall West, suggests that because of its name, it is likely to have been popular in Portugal at some time. Interweave, July 2017.

Curved rope stitch, Mary Corbet – Needle n Thread video


Mary’s video is very clear and I find it very easy to follow as I stitch.

Will experiment today laying curved rope stitch on sampler ground fabric to see how it holds heavy stitching. Unsure what will happen. The ochre ground fabric is heavyweight and closed, but appears to take the threaded needle well. We will see.