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Hand Stitches for Embroidery

Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch is often used in the Count Cross Stitch Style but in this case I am showing the simple Cross Stitch it's own right as graphic stitch.

Felt Christmas Tree Ornament using Blanket Stitch

I used a row of Cross Stitch to attach the Red Heart Shape to the Navy Blue one for this Christmas Tree Ornament.

Cross Stitch

Come up from the back where you want to start one corner of your cross stitch.

Stitch down in the corner diagonal from where you started and come back up in one of the other corners.

When you are doing Counted Cross Stitch, it is important to make sure all the crosses are in the same direction. In this Ornament I have mirrored the Crosses from one side to the other. There is a not hard and fast rule when using cross stitch this way but there should be a decision so your work looks consistant.

Cross Stitch

Stitch down just over from where you started making sure that you catch the end from the start of the stitch line.

This is where you determine the spaces between the stitches for this line of stitching because you will want the stitches to look even and you will need to match this distance for all the stitches in the rest of the line.

Cross Stitch

Finish by stitching down in the last corner, diagonally from where you started. Stitch back up where you want to start the next stitch.

In this type of project I finish the whole Cross Stitch rather than a series of one half then the other as you would in Counted Cross Stitch.

 

 

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