How to Use the Slanted Gobelin Stitch

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    What Is The Slanted Gobelin Stitch?

    The Slanted Gobelin Stitch. © Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to

    The Slanted Gobelin Needlepoint Stitch belongs to the Gobelin family. Like its sister stitch, the Encroaching Gobelin, it is equally as versatile for working needlepoint designs; but has a slight slant caused by placing the last half of the stitch one canvas thread to the left instead of a straight up and down.

    When to Use the Slanted Gobelin Needlepoint Stitch

    The Slanted Gobelin is easy to work, and can be used individually as a striking effect, or in a group for a more textured effect. You can...MORE turn a simple design into a stunning creation by adding a few rows or groups of Slanted Gobelin stitches.

    It can be worked both vertically and horizontally; and when worked in small areas where a couple of tent needlepoint stitches would normally be used, it keeps the needlepoint from looking choppy.

    For best results, work the Slanted Gobelin on mono needlepoint canvas. It can be used for a variety of purposes:

    • As background filler around a large needlepoint design motif;
    • In groups on mitten, scarf and sweater designs to simulate the ribbing on knitted garments;
    • In combination with other needlepoint stitches in alternate offset rows—especially if you want more definition to specific areas of a needlepoint design;
    • To work quick and easy needlepoint borders;
    • To fill in fences, railing, railroad tracks and other designs worked in rows;
    • and for needlepoint belts, watchbands as well as luggage and guitar straps

    The possibilities are limitless for using the Slanted Gobelin Stitch. You are only restrained by your imagination and creativity.

    The easiest way to describe the Slanted Gobelin is to think of it as an oversized Continental needlepoint Stitch. It is worked in the same manner to ensure proper canvas coverage; but instead of making the stitch diagonally over one canvas thread like the Continental, it is worked over 2 or more threads but only slanted over one canvas thread.

    Here's more detail on how to work it. After making a few stitches, you will have learned to master this fascinating stitch and will be using it to embellish your needlepoint projects.

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    Learn to Master the Slanted Gobelin Needlepoint Stitch

    The Slanted Gobelin works up much faster than any of the traditional tent stitches. It is usually 2 or more canvas threads long but only one canvas thread wide. Download the above needlepoint stitch diagram and then follow these steps to master the Slanted Gobelin Stitch.

    1. Bring the needle up at position (1) and work up over the desired number of canvas threads to go down at position (2), one canvas thread away from where you started.
    2. Come up at position (3) and work in the same manner as the first...MORE stitch, going down at position (4).
    3. Continue working across the row, as if you were making a group of continental stitches. Check each stitch to make sure you have only advanced one canvas thread. To start the next row, simply work your way back in the opposite direction or turn the canvas and work across the row so that you are getting adequate padding on the back.
    4. Work inside the design area in rows, compensating with smaller tent stitches or shortened Slanted Gobelin stitches as needed. Don't forget to alternate stitching direction as you work each row.

    Tips for Expert Results

    • Mount the canvas on stretcher bars or in a frame for best results, as large groups or multiple rows of this stitch form ridges that may shrink or pull the canvas slightly out of shape when worked without being stretched in a frame.
    • Here's some good news for left-handed stitchers! You can work rows of Slanted Gobelin in the same way you usually work the continental stitch; or in any manner that's comfortable.
    • Slanted Gobelin stitches can be made using any type of thread--even decorative and novelty fibers work well for this easy technique. When using flat threads like ribbon or multiple strands of cotton, wool or silk, use a laying tool or trolley needle for best results.

    Updated by Althea R. DeBrule, Needlepoint Expert