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Special Stitches
(Listed Alphabetically)

As seen in Cross Country Stitching and Jeremiah Junction leaflets

Algerian Eye Stitch
In a four square area, stitch eight stitches from the outside in to the center hole, as shown.

Backstitch
Backstitching is used for outline or detail. Backstitching should be done after design is completed.

Boxstitch

Breton Stitch
Do one long running stitch as shown. Start the second stitch (#3), wrap two times around the first stitch, then finish (#4).
Start the next stitch two squares to the left of #4 and proceed as in steps #1 and #2.
Broad Cross Stitch

Butterfly Chainstitch
The second stitch goes over the base stitches, makes a loop,
then goes under the base stitches and through the loop.

Chevron Stitch
Bring thread up through fabric and make a straight stitch. Bring the needle out at the center of this stitch.
Take a diagonal stitch across to the lower line. Repeat along the row.

Chinese Stitch

Colonial Knot
Easier than a French Knot. Hold thread to left of needle, put needle on top. Then tuck point of needle under thread.

Couching

Cross Stitch - Basic Stitch
One cross stitch is equal to one square on each chart.
The cross stitch is formed by two straight stitches that cross each other at their centers. When working in a horizontal or vertical line, do bottom stitches first (all in the same direction); then work top stitches back in opposite direction to complete row. Use two ply floss for all basic stitching, unless otherwise indicated. Use one ply for all outline stitching.
Cushion Stitch
One long stitch first (shown as a red stitch), then satin stitches on top in another color.
May be different lengths (as in filling in a shape). Harder to do on aida cloth.
Double Cross Stitch
Double Feather Stitch
Dutch Stitch
Elongated Fancy Cross Stitch
Ermine Filling Stitch
Fan Stitch
Fancy Fan Stitch
Straight Fan Stitch
Feather Stitch
Fern Stitch
Fly Stitch
(Variation) Stitch all red stitches. Loop green stitches through red.
Long-stem Fly Stitch
Come up at #1, go through at #2, leaving a loose stitch that you catch
when you come up at #3. Go through at #4.
Framed Eyelet Stitch
In a four square area, stitch eight stitches from the outside in to the center hole, as shown.
Stitch around outside of four squares to frame.
French Knot
Bring thread up through fabric. Wrap thread snuggly around needle twice,
keeping needle close to the fabric. Put needle down through fabric, drawing wrapped thread with it to create a French Knot.
Herringbone Stitch

Herringbone Ladder Filling Stitch
#1 - Do two parallel rows of backstitches, over two squares, arranging the rows so that the stitches are placed alternately.

#2 - Lace another thread from left to right between the rows, as shown,
without picking up the fabric.

Interlaced Cross Stitch
Do blue straight stitches first. Work red around blue, without picking up the fabric.
Italian Cross Stitch
Klosters
Work over four threads with a longstitch. Alternate horizontal and vertical stitching, as shown.

Laced Double Running Stitch
Stitch two rows of running stitches. Thread gold floss through the running stitches, attaching only at the beginning and the end.
Lazy Daisy Stitch
Make a large loop stitch and attach it with a small stitch at the halfway point.
Continue around until you make a daisy.
Maidenhair Stitch
(Two colors are used to show stitches, use only one color.)
Open Chain Stitch
Anchor last chain by tacking corners with straight stitches.
(Two colors are used to show stitches, use only one color.)
Point Russe Stitch
Running Stitch
May by used instead of backstitch. Outline entire area with running stitch going in one direction.
Then repeat running stitch in opposite direction. Your needlework will lay flatter than when using a backstitch.
Satin Stitch
Stitches may be different lengths (as in filling in a shape). Harder to do on aida cloth.
Sheaf Stitch
Do three long running stitches, four squares long. Bind together with a small stitch in the middle.
Siennese Stitch
(Two colors are used to show stitches, use only one color.)

Spanish Stitch

Square Boss Stitch
Do green straight stitches first. Work red around green
Star Stitch
Three Quarter Stitch
The three quarter stitch is formed by a one-half cross stitch and a one-quarter cross stitch.
Whipped Back Stitch
Step #1: Running stitch
Step #2: Weave other thread through running stitch

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