Woven Cross Stitch

hand embroidery band sampler detail 722Woven 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 step 1Woven 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.
Woven cross stitch step 3Next make a third diagonal straight stitch in the same direction as the first stitch you made.
Woven cross stitch step 2Bring 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.

Woven cross stitch step 4That’s it! A simple, quick and very effective stitch. Particularly if you experiment with the thread you use.

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9 Responses to Woven Cross Stitch

  1. Hi Sharon,
    This is a lovely stitch. I am working on this stitch sampler.
    Thank you,

  2. Michelle says:

    I just started the challenge with stitch #1!! :)

  3. Angela says:

    This is a good stitch. YOu are right it is simple and I will definitely use it again.

  4. Annet says:

    This stitch is not new to me, but I only stitched it with 2 different threads on my last TAST 2010 sampler (in the bottom left corner):
    This time I’m going to experiment with it!

    Today I wrote about my Vandyke stitch sampler:

  5. margaret says:

    this one looks good, caught up on the last 14 stitches last week but could not get my head around 69 the buttonholed double chain stitch. See you met up with my boys Peter and Wayne at the show Sharon, hope to see them when they come to the UK next may

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