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Crossed faggot filling

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This stitch is worked on an area of single faggot stitch: the holes created by the single faggot stitch are used as as a basis for a pattern of large vertical crosses.  The crosses can fill the area or form a pattern.

Crossed faggot filling is generously sponsored by Peninsula Embroiderers

Method

This version shows single faggot stitch across four threads, this can also be worked across three threads.  The cross stitches are worked diagonally across the single faggot stitches, but they can be worked in any direction or to form a pattern.

The pulled effect is created by the single faggot stitch and so the crosses do not need to be pulled particularly tight.

In this example, the white thread is used to create the single faggot stitch and the purple thread is used to create the crossed faggot filling.

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Work an area of single faggot stitch then bring your needle up at the bottom of the area, sharing the hole with one of the single faggot stitches.

2

Count up two large holes and take your needle down.

3

Bring your needle up one large hole to the right and one hole down and pull taut. Take it down two holes above.

4

Continue working vertical straight stitches diagonally across the design area.

5

To work the second part of the cross stitches, bring your needle up one large hole to the right and one large hole down from where it emerged.

6

Take your needle down two holes to the left to form a large cross stitch.  Continue in this way.

7

A completed area of crossed faggot filling.

8

The reverse of crossed faggot filling.

Crossed faggot filling

Embroidery Techniques

Related Stitches

Identifying Crossed faggot filling

Crossed faggot filling can be identified by the crosses which sit slightly above the open holes of the single faggot stitch.

References

  • Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.89