The Two-Sided Cross Stitch is useful for projects that will be viewed from both
sides (linens). This stitch must be four canvas threads in length. The diagrams, shown below, illustrate this stitch using stitches that are two canvas threads in length. This is done for illustration purposes only (to keep the diagrams small enough for this page). Make sure that your stitches are four canvas threads in length. When done correctly, the back of the piece will look exactly the same as the front of the piece. Three diagrams have been used to demonstrate this stitch. Clicking on the PRINTABLE VERSION icon, located at the end of the series of diagrams, will direct you to the page to print these instructions.
Two-Sided Cross Stitch (Diagram 1):
Bring the needle up at A, move up and to the right over two canvas intersections (remember, you will be using four canvas intersections), bring the needle down at B. The dotted lines indicate where the yarn will be on the back of the piece. Bring the needle up at C, move up and to the right over two canvas threads, bring the needle down at D. Now, continue on to Diagram 2...
Two-Sided Cross Stitch (Diagram 2):
Beginning where we left off at D, we will now move down to E. The dotted lines indicate where the yarn will be on the back of the piece. Since this is the end of the row, the lines are verticle. Although not shown here, it is best to end the row at the end of the piece to preserve the continuity of the stitches. Bring the needle up at E, move up and to the left over two canvas intersections, bring the needle down at F. Again, the dotted lines indicate where the yarn will be on the back of the piece. Bring the needle up at G, move up and to the left over two canvas intersections, bring the needle down at H. Now, continue on to Diagram 3...
Two-Sided Cross Stitch (Diagram 3):
Beginning where we left off at H, we will now work the cross stitch in between the first two cross stitches. Bring the needle up at G, move up and to the right over two canvas intersections, bring the needle down at F. The next move would be to bring the needle up at E, and continue in the same manner as the first series of stitches. The stitches
that are created in the first journey to the right will be crossed in the second journey to the left, as we did in the first two diagrams. Click on the Printable Version icon to print these diagrams and instructions.
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From Samplers To Heirlooms: Cross Stitch Is A Real Art Form
By: Kent Sayre
Cross stitch is a form of needlework that has remained popular for centuries. By using tiny stitches that from an “x” complete images can be created on cloth, that unless you get up very close look very much like they have been silk screened or
of the “x.” To finish a stitch, the needle is then brought up from underneath the fabric and reinserted across the first half of the “x” now forming the completed cross stitch.
You can do an entire row of cross stitches by going from top to bottom on one side and then going back over the row in the other direction. The important part to remember is to keep the underneath stitches all going in the same direction and the
painted. There are some types of cross stitch that are easier for beginners and some tips to make anyone look like a pro.
Stamped Cross Stitch
Stamped cross stitch uses the basic “x” stitch to form a picture or large lettering, but the image of the “x” is already stamped onto the fabric. The needle is inserted at the top of one side of the “x” from the bottom of the fabric and then brought diagonally to the bottom of that side
top stitches all the other way. This makes the finished image have the same knap and allow it look as if it were painted.
Counted Cross Stitch
Counted cross stitch works the same way, only the image is not printed on the fabric. Instead, symbols on a pattern tell you what color thread, called floss in cross stitching lingo, to use and for how many
stitches. You then count from there how many stitches to use for the next color on your pattern.
The best way to start a counted cross stitch is to find the center of the image on your pattern and the center on your fabric and start from there. Patterns are printed on grids and cross stitch fabric looks like a grid, so it is easy to match the squares
you’ll use to form the “x”es from the pattern to the fabric.
Cross Stitch Fabric & Materials
The fabric used for cross stitch has a number assigned to it that tells you how many little squares there are per inch. The higher the number, the smaller the finished image will be. For example, ADIA 14 fabric, which is the most common size, has 14
squares per inch. A fabric with 11 count will produce a larger image and is easier for beginners. Fabric with 21 count is very tiny. You pattern will tell you how big the finished image will be based on what size fabric you use. This is how you will know how big you need to cut your fabric.
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