By Cheryl Fall
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.
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