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Working the Chinese Cross Stitch

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Chinese Cross Stitch
Working the Chinese Cross Stitch

Working Chinese Cross Stitch

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Unlike standard cross stitch, which is worked diagonally, Chinese Cross Stitch is worked using a single horizontal and two vertical vertical straight stitches (groups of three). It makes a pretty border or edging on a project, and can be worked in a single row, or multiple rows.

The stitching area can be pre-marked on the fabric, worked freestyle, or worked as a counted stitch.

To work the Chinese cross stitch, bring the needle up through the embroidery fabric on the far left side of the stitching area, and insert the needle into the fabric to the right, making a straight, horizontal stitch (steps 1-2). If working the stitch on Aida fabric, this stitch crosses six squares of fabric (or 6 threads - groups of two - on evenweave fabric).

Bring the needle up again through the fabric below the insertion point (3). Make a vertical stitch, intersecting the first (horizontal) stitch (4). If working on Aida fabric, this stitch crosses two squares, and is spaced 2 squares from the end of the horizontal stitch.

Bring the needle up through the embroidery fabric to the left of the stitch you just made (5). Make a second vertical stitch (5-6). Bring the needle up through the fabric at the bottom of the first vertical stitch - this puts you in position to work the next stitch.

Continue working the stitch groups along the length of the area you are stitching.

Bring the needle up through the fabric at the starting point. This is your first insertion point. Wrap the thread under the needle and insert the needle into the fabric slightly above the first insertion point, bring the tip through the back of the fabric into position at the start of the next stitch. By having the second insertion point above the line, outside of the original looped stitch, you create a twisted stitch.

Continue working along the length of the marked line.

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