Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Cross Stitch

Thread-u-cation Thursday: Cross Stitch
One of the best 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 and clustered together, the Cross Stitch builds texture on fabric like a mat of sticks on the forest floor. Its like adding another motif to the surface design of the fabric.

Here's how I make my 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.


Darlee Byron said...

Oh, I love your little house!! And, yes the cross-stitch is a fun one to use.

Carolyn S. said...

I appreciate your clear directions. Love the house and the colors you use.

debbi d-w said...

The more stitching i see on your site, the more interested i become in trying some in my quilts - keep it up & thanks!