Norwich Stitch is an interesting needlepoint stitch that can be used to create a geometric and textured pattern.
This stitch is a variation of cross stitch (tutorial). To get a textured/ 3D effect, we will be superimposing a few cross stitches on top of each other.
The square can be as small or as large as you want but make sure you have an odd number of threads in between the four corners (I have 9 in this demo).
You have to know how to stitch the cross stitch for this. Make the first cross stitch.
Then bring the needle up right below the corner on the same side as shown above. So needle that goes down at 4 will come back up at 5.
There is only one thing to remember here. Make parallel stitches. So our next stitch from 5 to 6 will be parallel to the stitch between 1 and 2.
Continue the same way till the entire square is filled. Following images will guide you.
As we add more layers, you will be able to see the geometric shape that looks like steps/ staircase emerge.
The back side of the fabric will look like this.
One particular mistake has to be avoided in this stitch. I did this demo on aida fabric as it is easier to count and photograph. If you are going to try this on regular fabric, make marks with a pencil on all 4 sides of the square. If you miss a spot, you will get the following error.
The red arrows show the spots that were missed and the green arrow will be the result of that. You have 2 threads merging in the same spot where the green arrow is pointing. In this stitch, each spot on the fabric will have only one thread going in/coming out. Similarly, using an even number of threads will also give this error.
Here is a variation of this stitch. You can use more than one color.
Norwich stitch is a needlepoint stitch that can be used as a filling stitch as well as a border stitch if added in a line. It is usually stitched on plastic canvas or mono canvas to make purses or bags.