Smyrna stitch is a form of cross stitch used in needlepoint. It was popular during the Victorian period and again, later, in the 1950s and 1960s. It comprises a cross stitch worked over two, or more, threads with a straight cross stitch worked over the top.
Thérèse de Dilmont in the Encyclopedia of Needlework gives the following description:
- Make a plain cross stitch over four threads, each way, and then over that, another cross stitch, standing upright. The same stitch can be made over six or seven threads; if you work over more than four threads, it follows that you increase the number of stitches accordingly.
- Jill Gordon, p. 55.
- Thérèse de Dilmont, p. 133.
- Gordon, Jill Take Up Needlepoint 1994 London, Merehurst ISBN 1-85391-330-8
- de Dilmont, Thérèse Encyclopedia of Needlework 1884, accessed 16 December 2010
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