Woven Cross Stitch is also known as cross stitch flower and Interwoven Cross Stitch. No matter the name, Woven Cross Stitch very addictive. It is also one of those stitches that looks a bit ho hum until you work a sample and then you realise how much potential it has. The stitch look like a full bodied cross and looks fantastic with a bead in the middle. You can switch threads half way through the process to use two different colour threads. Experimenting with different threads can lead to some interesting results – for instance it looks great as little flowers when you work it using silk ribbon. Woven Cross Stitch can be used as a flower motif worked along a vine like line or arranged in geometric arrangements to create interesting patterns and fills. Since it is a form of cross stitch you can adapt many cross stitch patterns for this stitch. As a general rule of thumb 4 cross stitches arranged in a square is equal to one Woven cross stitch worked over the same area. 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.
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