Johanna's Needle Stitches

Cross Stitches and variations


A basic single Cross Stitch.
If you complete each cross before moving on to the next, it is called 'English' Cross Stitch.

A row of Cross Stitch
In Cross Stitch it is important that the top leg of the stitch always runs in the same direction. This gives an attractive surface to reflect the light.
If you stitch a row of the bottom legs, completing the crosses with the top legs on the return, as in this diagram, it is called 'Danish' Cross Stitch

A row of Half Cross Stitch

1/4 Cross Stitch can be placed on any angle as shown.

1/2 Cross Stitch may be worked to slant in either direction.

3/4 Cross Stitch is just a half stitch and quarter stitch together.

Smyrna Cross Stitch aka Double Cross Stitch
The fact that there are so many variations of this stitch shows that the exact order isn't terribly important. The real thing to notice however, is that invariably the the 'X' or cross is done first and then the 'plus' over the top. I prefer the first two variations since the cross stitch is done in the more traditional (lower left to upper right then lower right to upper left) pattern.

Star Stitch

Framed Double Cross Stitch

Double Leviathan

Rhodesian Round Stitch

The Rice Stitch

Another way of doing Rice Stitch

This is an example of how Rice Stitch might be done over two threads instead of over four.

Diagonal Rice Stitch

Tied Cross Stitch

Large Tied Cross Stitch aka Double Tied Cross Stitch

Italian Cross Stitch

Arrowhead Stitch

Bosnia Stitch

Paris Stitch

Plaited Cross Stitch

With the very last stitch (11-12) run your needle beneath thread 5-6. This will complete the plaited effect.

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Last Updated on September 29, 2009.
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