Cross Stitch

Cross Stitch
A favorite embroidery stitches for decorating fabric shapes is the Cross Stitch. A rhythmic line up of these stitches (like that above) embellishes the fabric surface and carries the view’s eye around the art work. Randomly scattered or clustered together, the Cross Stitch builds texture on fabric like a mat of sticks on the forest floor. It’s like adding another motif to the surface design of the fabric.

Here’s how to make Cross Stitches: First make a straight stitch in any direction from A to B. Then cross over that stitch at a right angle by bringing the thread up at C and returning at point D. As you repeat these directions, it may be helpful to think of the stitch as a letter X.

Whether you line them up like tin soldiers or scatter them around like jacks on the playground, Cross Stitches make fun patterns and texture on the fabric.