Half Cross Stitch Projects

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hi All!

Half Cross Stitch is catching on, and new projects using this time-saving technique are being created by top needlework designers.

Check out these two new designs, stitched with DMC #5 Pearl Cotton on Aida Fabric!

Alice Okon created this gorgeous Summer Leaves pillow on the cover of  the current (July 2011) issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine, using 5 colors of Pearl Cotton. I love the subtle colors and way the leaves dance across the center of the pillow, as if caught by a summer breeze…

And check out the Bloom project, also by Alice Okon, worked in half cross stitch using 9 colors of Pearl Cotton. This design was featured in the May 2011 issue of Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine.

You can get the magazine in your local craft or needlework store, or on their web site, which also  features a variety or free patterns and resources for stitchers!

Also check out our video on the Half Cross Stitch Technique!

I’d love to hear about your projects using half cross stitch, and your thoughts on this hip, easy technique.

Drop me a line, here on the blog!




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5 Responses to “Half Cross Stitch ProjectsComment RSS feed

  • Karen Farley
    June 13th, 2011 8:58 am


    I do not care for this short cut of stitching. Doing cross stitch the traditional way is making a creation that way it was meant to be. This short cut is just a quickie way to get done and not necessarily the best way.

  • Deb
    June 13th, 2011 9:37 am

    I have to agree with Karen. It’s not cross stitch if there is no cross.

  • Anna-Laura
    June 13th, 2011 11:38 am

    We’re basically talking needlepoint here. They are doing a needlepoint stitch on cross-stitch fabric. To each his own! I believe in stitching what I like and how I like to do it.

  • Linda
    June 14th, 2011 1:23 pm

    Hi Emma!

    I think its cool for people to share their opinions but I can see that you are definitely not trying to promote a “short cut” of stitching. People need to realize that DMC is trying to help support the art of needlework and introducing new approaches to engage the younger generation or someone who is just starting out. I think this is cool, I probably might not try it myself as I like the traditional way but this is fresh and cool – totally what this industry needs! I own a cross stitch shop and was just at TNNA we all say the same thing – get everyone stitching. So DMC this is a great idea – I get it! Keep up the GREAT work DMC!

  • Laura R.
    October 27th, 2014 11:35 am

    I’m new to stitching but I can understand ppl saying it’s not cross stitch w/o the cross. It’s somewhere btwn cross stitch & needlepoint.

    I tried X-stitch 1st & found I really didn’t like the “blocky” look of the X-stitch itself & having to look back constantly at the chart to count. Kept losing my place so it took too long. Then I tried needlepoint b/c the canvas is painted. It was quicker & I liked the look of the “tent” (half cross) stitch much better. But in looking around I found that NP canvases are expensive & there is more variety of designs in X-S. Also, Aida fabric is cheaper & easier to find in stores. So i experimented in doing the tent/half cross on aida. I thought i was doing something crazy & unique… but in researching found other ppl had already discovered what I had: you can do the tent/half cross on aida fabric. Just use thicker thread/floss.

    I’m also filling in the background with stitching so it looks more like NP. I don’t like the LOOK of most X-stitch designs w/ the fabric showing. To my eye it looks “unfinished”. That’s just a personal preference.

    I’m currently experimenting w/ using iron on embroidery transfers on aida (I also do surface embroidery), & buying simple geometric x-stitch charts to start off. I’m also going to get some colored x-stitch charts– those look easier to follow.

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