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Working the Four-Sided Stitch
Four-Sided Stitch

Working the Four-Sided Stitch

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The Four-Sided Stitch is one of the common stitches used in counted embroidery including drawn thread or pulled thread embroidery, and forms a row of squares along the length of the fabric on the right side, and a row of crosses on the back side.

Technically, only the first stitch is truly four-sided, with the adjoining stitches made from three additional stitches attached to the side wall of the previous stitch.

This stitch can be used in borders and rows, to accent a hem, or to frame an element in an embroidery design

To work the stitch, bring the needle up at 1 and down at 2, forming a vertical stitch. Bring the needle up again at 3, bring the thread diagonally to the upper right corner on the back side of the fabric, and then down at 4 making a second vertical stitch. Next, bring the needle up at 5 making another diagonal stitch on the back side of the fabric, and down at 6 to make a horizontal stitch. You will now have a cross on the back side of the fabric. Bring the needle up at 7 and make the final horizontal stitch by inserting at 8.

Work the next stitch by bringing the needle up at 9 and down at 10, continuing the stitching order that you used for the first stitch.

This stitch can be premarked on the fabric using your favorite fabric marking method, or as a counted stitch. You can find directions for working additional stitches in the alphabetical stitch list.

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