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Dutch stitch

  • Dutch cross stitch
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This canvaswork stitch consists of three crossing stitches which form a six pointed star.  When worked in rows the stars are offset so that they fit together.

Dutch stitch is generously sponsored by Susan Jessica Holland

Method

1

Make a vertical stitch from bottom to top across four threads of the canvas.
Bring your needle up one thread down and across two to the left (this corresponds to 10 on a clockface).

2

Make a diagonal stitch across four threads and down two threads of the canvas (corresponding to 4 on a clockface).

3

Bring your needle up across four canvas threads to the left (8 on a clockface) and make a diagonal stitch across four threads and up two (2 on a clockface).

4

Work the pattern in horizontal rows so that the edges of the crosses touch.

5

The row below should fit into the gaps of the first, touching at the corners of the crosses.

Dutch stitch

Structure of stitch

Common uses

It is a raised, medium-sized stitch that is good for adding texture.

Embroidery Techniques

Identifying Dutch stitch

​This crossed stitch is made up of an elongated cross stitch over a straight stitch.

References

  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.106