Our friend Susan O’Dee (Mistress Briony, as she is known in the Society for Creative Anachronism) is a talented embroidery expert from New York State. Recently, we asked her what the top ten most useful embroidery stitches were, specifically for pre-1600 AD projects. She came out with a great list and graciously offered to film them for us. Stitch number six on the list is the tent stitch. This is one of the simplest stitches to perform primarily consisting of counting up one space on the fabric up and one over to form a diagonal field. This stitch is useful for doing background filler and was popular during the Elizabethan period.
Additional thanks to Pakshalika Kananbala for filming and editing the video.