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Working the Upright Cross Stitch
Upright Cross Stitch

Working the Upright Cross Stitch

© Cheryl C. Fall, Licensed to About.com

The Upright Cross Stitch can be used as a scattered or engineered filling stitch, or in bands and borders. It is worked similarly to standard cross stitch, with the exception of the stitches being worked vertically and horizontally, rather than diagonally.

Upright cross stitch can be worked as a counted stitch on linen or Aida embroidery fabric, or pre-marked on a plainweave embroidery fabric.

To work a single stitch, bring the needle up through the fabric at the bottom center (1) and insert the needle a short distance from the exit point, making a vertical stitch (2). Next, bring the needle up through the fabric to the right of the center point of the stitch you just made (3) and insert the needle on the other side of the first (vertical) stitch (4) to make a crossed stitch. Continue working across the row or to fill the area.

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