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Diagonal cross filling

Diagonal cross filling is a pulled work stitch which creates a neat pattern with raised stripes.

Diagonal cross filling is generously sponsored by Anne James

This stitch has been generously sponsored in memory of Dorothy Elizabeth Irwin, née Graham.

Method

Try stitching diagonal cross filling with a thick lace thread to enhance the stripes, or with a fine thread to keep it flat.

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1

Bring the needle up just inside your outline. Make a vertical stitch down over six threads.

2

Count left three and up three, bring the needle up and pull. This makes a small diagonal stitch on the back.

3

Make a vertical stitch down over six threads. Repeat along the row.

4

At the end of the row, count left three and up three from the last hole and bring the needle up. Make a horizontal stitch to the right over six threads to form a cross.

5

Count left three and up three, bring the needle up and pull. Repeat to complete the row.

6

To start the next row, count up six threads from the first hole of the previous row and bring the needle up. Make a vertical stitch down over six threads into the first hole of the previous row.

7

Count left three and up three, bring the needle up and pull. Repeat along the row.

8

At the end of the row, repeat step 4 to complete the second row. Repeat to fill the shape.

9

Completed diagonal cross filling.

Diagonal cross filling

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques

Related Stitches

Identifying Diagonal cross filling

References

  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.326