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Learn Cross Stitching
Cross Stitch is one of the easiest stitches to learn. It starts with a simple X shaped stitch that is commonly embroidered with floss on an evenweave fabric. The cross stitch is repeated numerous times to create a design. Counted cross stitch designs are made by following a grid or chart where each square that contains a symbol represents 1 stitch.
SIX BASIC STITCHES USED IN CROSS STITCH EMBROIDERY
1. Cross Stitch
A cross stitch is an x-shaped embroidery stitch from which the name of Cross Stitch Embroidery is derived.It is easily accomplished by stitching two half stitches over each other.This stitch is the basis for all cross stitch. You will see it the most and it is the most commonly used. This is THE stitch with cross stitch. You will base all other stitches on this first one. You will add and subtract to create other stitches and patterns.
2. Half Stitch
The cross stitch is made up of two half stitches. Half stitches are also stitched individually in some Cross Stitch projects, used at times to create a sense of depth in a Cross Stitch pattern.A half stitch is used a lot in outlining designs and making specific shapes. A half stitch is used a lot to make corners and circles.
3. Quarter Stitch
The quarter stitch resembles a half stitch, but it is stitched into the center of an Aida fabric square. Quarter stitches are used to create petite cross stitch. While this may seem like an easy stitch, it is a little difficult to get it spot on. It can be difficult to get it exactly even. Try this stitch a couple of times as practice. It is used quite a bit to give the project better curves.
4. Three-Quarter Stitch
The three-quarter stitch is composed of a half stitch and a quarter stitch. Three-quarter stitches are used to create more detail in Cross Stitch designs.This one can be a bit complicated to start out with. It takes some practice to get it just right. It is also used as an outline stitch to make curves.
5. Back Stitch
A backstitch is a straight stitch used for outlining or lettering. These stitches form lines and are used to outline shapes or to add fine detail to your design.
6. French Knot
The French Knot is a popular decorative stitch used in cross stitch to add detail. French knots look great clustered together to create texture, or individually to serve as a center of a flower, or eyes to an animal on your design.