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Long-Armed Cross Stitch

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How to Work the Long-Armed Cross Stitch
Long-Armed Cross Stitch

Working the Long Armed Cross Stitch

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

The Long-Armed Cross Stitch sometimes referred to as an elongated cross stitch can be used in bands and rows, or two outline or frame a section of a design in counted thread embroidery projects. When working this stitch on surface embroidery projects, placement should be pre-marked on the fabric to ensure even spacing.

The stitch is worked nearly identically to a standard cross stitch. The exception is that the second leg of the stitch is elongated. When worked in rows, the stitches cross each other and resemble a braid.

Each stitch is made from a group of two separate diagonal stitches. To work the long-armed cross stitch, bring your needle up at 1, and then down at 2, forming a diagonal stitch worked from the top left to the lower right.

Bring the needle up through the fabric again, a short distance to the left of the insertion point at 3, and then down into the fabric at 4, forming a longer diagonal stitch that is worked from the lower left to the upper right. This stitch should be worked twice the distance of the first stitch.

The next stitch then starts at the halfway point between the first and second lengths of the previous stitch.

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