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Free Cross Stitch Patterns


Cross Stitch is a form of counted thread embroidery that uses x-shaped stitches to create a design. If can be worked on even-weave embroidery fabrics over two threads, or over a single square on Aida fabric. Here you'll find free cross stitch patterns and helpful stitching tips.

1. Blackboard Cross Stitch Sampler

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Embroider this simple sampler using just two basic stitches - cross stitch and back stitch. The finished design resembles a blackboard and features the alphabet surrounded by a simple border, reminiscent of blackwork.

The project is small, making it a perfect take-along project that you work on during the summer months, tucked into your tote. You're sure to have it finished in time for the back to school season.

2. Daisy Chain Cross Stitch Pattern

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This pattern for a Daisy Chain design is worked in cross stitch is a perfect summer project to bring a bit of the meadow indoors. It is worked using an assortment of variegated and over-dyed embroidery floss, and the different colors and tones in these flosses add depth and shading to an otherwise plain design. The solid black background adds drama.

3. Directions for Working the Cross Stitch

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Cross Stitch is commonly worked on Aida fabric by stitching one stitch over each square in the fabric, or counted by working over two threads when using an evenweave fabric.

However, cross stitch can also be used as a surface embroidery stitch when working with pre-stamped items, hot iron or other embroidery transfers.

Learn to work the cross stitch and a partial cross stitch in this tutorial.

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