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Working Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch and Partial Cross Stitch

Working the Cross Stitch Singly and in Rows

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

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.

To work the stitch, work the first leg of the stitch from the lower left to the upper right using your favorite embroidery thread. Next, work the second leg from the upper left to the lower right, making an "x" as you stitch.

To work a row of stitches, work a row of the first leg, followed by filling the row with the second leg. This technique can be used for both horizontal (shown) and vertical rows of cross stitch.

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