Double straight cross stitch
- Star stitch
This canvaswork stitch consists of a large upright cross overlaid by a small diagonal cross stitch to form a diamond star shape. When worked in rows, the stitches are offset so that the diamonds fit together.
Next, make a diagonal stitch across the centre of this cross, covering two canvas intersections from bottom left to top right.
Finally, make another diagonal stitch of the same length from bottom left to top right.
Work the crosses in horizontal rows. The next stitch to the right should join at the left-hand edge of the previous cross.
Structure of stitch
A small raised bumpy stitch ideal for creating a textured area.
Identifying Double straight cross stitch
This stitch is made up of a large cross stitch held down by a smaller one.
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.105