Woven Cross Stitch very addictive. It is also one of those stitches that looks a bit ho hum but then when you work it you realise how much potential it has. This stitch also looks fantastic with a bead in the middle and can be worked in two different colour threads or even ribbon!
The stitch is also known as cross stitch flower and Interwoven Cross Stitch. It can be used as a flower motif worked in a pattern alone a vine like line or used in geometric arrangements to create interesting patterns and fills. The sample above is worked in hand dyed wool on 26 cnt linen
How to work Woven cross stitch or Cross stitch Flower
Woven cross stitch is two crossed stitches worked on top of each other with the uppermost cross woven to the bottom cross.
It sounds complicated but it not!
Start as you would if you were working a regular cross stitch.
Next make a third diagonal straight stitch in the same direction as the first stitch you made.
Bring your thread out to make the fourth straight stitch but instead of simply moving across and taking your needle down through the fabric, weave the needle through the two bars. Take the needle through and to the back of the fabric as illustrated.
That’s it! A simple, quick and very effective stitch. Particularly if you experiment with the thread you use.