A diagonal 4 sided stitch band
completes our whitework sampler

If you're looking to add a touch of elegance to your embroidery, the four-sided stitch is a technique worth exploring. This pulled thread stitch creates a delicate, lacy effect on the fabric and is sometimes referred to as the double backstitch or square filet stitch. It's particularly popular in whitework embroidery, where the goal is to create intricate designs using only white thread on a white or off-white fabric.

In this section of our whitework sampler, we will work this stitch diagonally. When it comes to the four-sided stitch, there are multiple ways to work the stitch. In addition to the diagonal method discussed here, you can also work it horizontally or vertically.

It's been a pleasure stitching this sampler with you so far. If you're joining us at this point, don't worry - you can easily catch up by using the links at the bottom of the page to access the first set of instructions. I hope you'll find this project as enjoyable and rewarding as I have, and I look forward to seeing your finished piece!

4 sided stitch row of the pulled work band sampler

Let’s look at the chart

When looking at the sampler chart, you will notice a red row of triangles at the top. This row is actually part of the previous band and is included to help you understand where the current band begins.

If you're having trouble seeing the chart clearly, don't worry - you can download a PDF version by clicking on the picture. This will provide a more detailed and easy-to-read version of the chart, allowing you to focus on your stitching without any confusion or frustration.

See the zig-zag line on the chart? That is what we'll be focusing on this time.

By following the pattern and paying close attention to the details, we can create a beautiful and intricate design that will impress anyone who sees it. So let's get started and bring this chart to life!

chart to follow for 4 sided stitch band

How to work diagonal 4-sided-stitch

To create this band, we'll be using perle 8 thread in either white or ecru, depending on the color of your fabric. As we stitch, we'll apply tension to form small holes at each corner of the stitch.

When working on your embroidery project, it's important to pay attention to the placement and direction of each stitch. You should work each stitch over three fabric threads, as illustrated in the diagram below.

Be sure to follow the arrows showing the direction of each stitch. - this will create a series of squares on the front of your work, and crosses on the back. By taking care with each stitch, you can achieve neat and professional-looking finished work.

instruction diagram for 4 sided stitch


Experience the beauty of Hardanger embroidery with my selection of patterns, including ones that feature the four-sided stitch! Click here to see my collection and start your next project today.

Links to the rest of the whitework sampler pages

Return to top of  band 7 - 4 sided stitch

Go to part 1 of the whitework sampler

Go to band 2 - drawn thread work

Go to band 3 - satin stitch border and pulled double back stitch

Go to band 4 - diamond eyelet stitch

Go to band 5 - honeycomb stitch

Go to band 6 - three sided stitch

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