Jazz Up Your Cross Stitch with Surface Stitches

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

If you’re looking for a way to jazz up your cross stitch project by adding a border, frame or, well… just something different, try incorporating a few surface embroidery stitches in your design.

Many of the stitches traditionally used in surface embroidery can also be worked on CharlesCraft Aida fabric or Evenweave fabric by working them as counted stitches, and are perfect for accenting a cross stitch design.

In the example to the right, Fern Stitch and Herringbone Stitch have been worked over the squares in Aida fabric.  The stitches would be really pretty as borders or dividers between different areas in a cross stitch design.

To the left, Feather Stitch and the Four-Sided Stitch have been used on Aida – but you can easily work these, or the ones shown above, on evenweave fabric over two threads.

With such a wide variety of stitch options available, it’s a lot of fun to experiment and mix it up.

Check out our Stitch Diagrams for information on how to work a variety of embroidery stitches!



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  • Liz
    February 29th, 2012 3:32 pm

    Is there a PDF version of the Stitch Diagrams? I’d love to have a printout to reference as I try the stitches out.

    • admin
      March 3rd, 2012 9:28 am
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      There isn’t, because these are just basic stitches worked over counted threads – but you can easily save the images to your desktop by right-clicking your mouse and then printing the images, or placing them together in a document. ~Emma

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