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Double Cross Stitch


Double Cross Stitch: Perfect for Achieving Starburst and Blooming Patterns

A Double Cross Stitch is a traditional form of stitch that consists of laying horizontal threads over vertical threads. The two threads are initially worked atop the first stitch. They can be imagined as either ‘+’ sign or as ‘X’ shaped and the results is usually in star shaped. In order to create snowflake or stars, you can use metallic thread. The basic requirements for working with Double Cross Stitch include tapestry needle, Aida fabric, embroidery floss and scissors. When you work with an Aida fabric, always used embroidery floss that is light weight. This ensures that the cross stitch is not thick.

Double Cross Stitch is started with a tapestry needle by working throughout the centre of the fabric. In order to secure the embroidery floss behind the fabric a basic tight cross stitch is stitched. Next, a horizontal semi stitch is worked on the cross stitch, which is pursued with a vertical semi stitch in right to left direction on the same cross stitch. This pattern is continued in a straight row and when you are done with the work, the thread is cut and secured on the rear side of the fabric. You can work this stitch either on a canvas or on linen in the form of a filling stitch.

Double Cross Stitch is mostly used in the form of a count stitch. In its simplest form, crossstitch consists of a diagonal and a vertical cross. You can modify the stitch according to your requirement. It involves two vertical stitches that are crossed against two horizontal stitches, and additional two diagonal stitches are also crossed similarly. And, these cross stitches are done in various ways, which determines the type of Double Cross Stitch. It can include a traditional cross stitch in the shape of ‘X’, with a ‘+’ sign stitch over this cross stitch. Ensure to make the stitches in the same order and in the same way repetitively in order to get the best effect.

A variety of Double Cross Stitch, the Smyna cross stitch or the Leviathan stitch is made in order to get the look of a blooming flower or a starburst. In case you use metallic threads, then you could use large cross stitch in order to create fireworks pattern. It can also help achieve cornflowers within garden patterns. The first of instance of Double Cross Stitch can be traced back to the early Victorian era, when mentions about this embroidery are made in women hand books. The books provide information on a large number of tapestry stitches including Double Cross Stitch most of which are not used nowadays. The other embroidery techniques include Berlin stitches and leviathan stitches.

In order to cover a wide fabric area, use larger types of Double Cross Stitch. Same patterns are also used in order to work upon canvas. Over the time, a large variety of types and patterns of Double Cross Stitch have been developed, that vary from one country to another.

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