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How To Cross Stitch | DIY Embroidery Stitches

The Cross Stitch | Embroidery Stitches

Cross stitching is a whole genre of hand sewing unto itself, but the basic stitch is useful when doing embroidery. The stitch makes little X’s, and can be a fun, textured way to fill space. Think of each completed cross stitch as a little box.

You’ll start with:

  • blank piece of fabric (cotton is best)
  • embroidery hoop, if you have one
  • embroidery thread
  • needle
  • scissors

Thread one end of a length of thread through your needle. Knot the far end and trim any excess. It’s helpful when first beginning to draw on the fabric with a fabric pencil, and then trace those lines or fill in those shapes with your stitches.

To Cross Stitch:

Start by making a diagonal stitch from one corner of your box to the other. Poke the needle and thread through at the opposite corner, and finish the stitch at the final corner, making an X.

Repeat as many times as you like, connecting the X’s.


That’s the cross stitch, a very common embroidery stitch

More Basic Embroidery Stitches:

How to Back Stitch

How to Cross Stitch

Hand Sew The French Knot 

Hand Sew The Running Stitch

How to Satin Stitch

How to Split Stitch

How to Stem Stitch

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