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Flying cross stitch

​Flying cross stitch is a slightly elongated cross stitch that is worked in diagonal rows. Each cross stitch is made across two by three threads of the canvas.

Flying cross stitch is generously sponsored by Dr Jo Taylor



Making sure that the top stitch is worked from bottom left to top right, make one cross stitch,


and then bring your needle up one canvas thread below the top right-hand corner of this stitch. Start your second cross from here.


This and every following cross should start one canvas thread below the previous cross.


Work the second row directly beneath the first.

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques


  • Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.109