This article was translated by John R. Bopp
About five years ago, we wrote a blog entry about the Basque stitch and the Basque knot. We’d found an article on an embroidery website that explained how to do them, and we thought it was a curious bit of info.
We’d never heard of them before, but as we’ve said many times, writing this blog has helped us learn something new every day. So, we dug a little deeper to find out about their origins, and why that stitch got that name. We weren’t able to find an answer, even after asking our readers.
However, today, five years later, we came across another article that sheds some light on the history of the name. We found it on the website Interweave, which is a company in Colorado dedicated to arts and crafts.
Yesterday, Deanna Hall West wrote an article giving more info about the Basque stitch and the Basque knot, dating their origins to the 8th century. All this comes from Jacqueline Enthoven’s book, The Stitches of Creative Embroidery.
Interweave – 27/7/2017 – USA
A Stitch in Time: The Basque Stitch
The Basque stitch, also known as the twisted daisy border stitch, has its origins in the Basque country, located in the western Pyrenees that span the Franco- Spanish border. According to Jacqueline Enthoven in her book The Stitches of Creative Embroidery (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1964), the Basque stitch most likely dates to the eighth century, when the Moors occupied Spain, and it is often used alongside the Basque knot.