Belgian Cross Stitch is an interesting variety of Cross stitch that is worked on a grid. It can be used in borders and fillings. In this stitch long diagonal stitches cross each. At first glance it looks like Long Armed Cross stitch but Belgian Cross differs as it has horizontal straight stitches that form a base line. This stitch can be worked on even weave fabric and canvas.
How to work Belgian Cross Stitch
Work from left to right over a grid of 2 or 4 threads. In this demonstration I have worked Belgian Cross Stitch over 4 threads
Imagine a square on your fabric and create a large diagonal back stitch with the needle tip emerging at the bottom of the diagonal.
Make a horizontal straight stitch along the base line. Position the needle to emerge in the top left hand corner of the imaginary square.
Pull the thread through. Imagine a second square next to the first.
Make a long diagonal stitch that emerges on the top left of the second imaginary square and enters the fabric at the bottom right hand corner, as illustrated.
Create a shorter diagonal cross stitch as illustrated.
Work a second straight stitch that sits on the base line
Make a second long diagonal stitch as illustrated
Continue in this patterns along the line.
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