I’m back with another embroidery lesson. So far we’ve learned the back stitch and the Peking knot. This time, I’ll be focusing on the cross stitch which is one of the oldest and most commonly known stitches in needlework. It can be used singularly as pretty embellishments, on a continuum for borders, or even for filling in.
In this post, I’ll cover the single and continuous cross stitches.
Steps: (1) Bring your needle from the back to the fabric’s front at A. (2) Make a diagonal stitch at B (3) Bring your needle back out at C (4) And take the needle at a diagonal again to D (easy and simple in deed!)
Continuous Cross Stitch
Step 1: Create multiple diagonal stitches, follow the pattern in the above pic. Start at A, put your needle in at B and come out A; repeat as many times as needed. Make sure that the beginning of each stitch (A) aligns with (B). Suggestion – draw parallel lines on your fabric to create even stitches.
Step 2: Now go back over the first row of stitches with a new set of diagonal stitches. Take your needle from C to D and then to A; repeat until finished.
Your continuous cross stitch should look like this, with no spacing between the stitches! And the back of your fabric should look like . . .
. . . this – just vertical lines!
Hope you enjoyed this lesson. Join me on my next lesson – the rice stitch which is a variation of the cross stitch! Talk soon, Sue