One of the most popular and famous embroidery stitch in the world that belong to the category of counted thread embroidery is cross-stitch.

If you never have embroidered cross-stitch, I am sure you will like it very much, try and understand what is simple. The basic stitch concerning in two oblique sitches forming an X. Like all embroidery stitches it is worked in a regular canvas, then you mustn’t ever worry about the regularity of the stitchbecause the fabric will make you a guide.

Cross-stitch is a form of embroidery extraordinarily versatile. You can embroider it using different kinds of designs and image , which reflect some theme or representing abstract figures, in a small scale simple or complex. Usually there are simple geometric motifs, you can also draw curves but we must be very careful .

With the cross-stitch you can also create shadow effects and subtle nuances, and it is important when you embroider paintings.

Cross-stitch is part of a wide range of stitches that belong to the counted thread embroidery. The name that identifies them is perfect: in all these techniques, stitches can be embroider in different regular tissues namely in those tissues where it is possible to count the warp and weft of the fabric.

Double-running or Holbein stitch is the easier embroidery technique. It consists to embroider consecutive stitch  – introducing and making out the needle from fabric – using a regular pattern.

Blackwork embroidery offers the possibility of creating spectacular reasons, from simple drawings to complex and sophisticated effects. Whether one that others may also be combined to create sets of images or abstract figures.

For the effects of borders or lace, you can use other techniques such as hardanger with its quality is very defined and geometric.

These techniques can be used for all types of projects, making bedding, personal accessories and clothes.


Creating a cross stitch painting for your home transforming a photo in embroidery pattern. Or you can create elegant work for wedding using hardanger  and single hemstitch. You can experiment with different colors of thread and fabrics so as to know the different types of fabrics, yarns suitable and quality.

On this web site you will find many ideas to make simple projects, together with embroidery suggestion and recommendations. All the techniques needed to manufacture these works are illustrated with  immages , patterns and videos, you can follow the explanations.

I offer you some free cross-stitch patterns that you will use as inspiration to create and customize your embroideries.

The “materials” will help you choose correctly between the wide range of products available in the market. All wires and canvases listed can be found easily in mercerie or shops fabrics for embroidery.

Explanations of some of the Counted Thread Embroidery :

1. Embroidery: Cross Stitch – Introduction
2. Embroidery: Cross Stitch  – Material
3. Embroidery: Cross stitch – Before Start to Embroider
4. Embroidery: Cross Stitch – Horizontal Technique
5. Embroidery: Cross Stitch – Vertical Technique
6. Embroidery: Cross Stitch – Oblique Techniques
7. Embroidery: Half Cross Stitch
8. Embroidery: Assisi Stitch
9. Embroidery: Cross stitch Variation – Star Stitch (Algerian Eye)
10. Embroidery: Cross Stitch Variation – Star Stitch
11. Hobelin Stitch
12. Flame Stitch
13. Point Hardanger

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