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Marking cross stitch

  • Spanish stitch
  • Double running stitch

This variation on cross stitch produces crosses on both sides of the fabric, the only difference is that on the front one of the crossing stitches is stitched twice.

Marking cross stitch was evidently in use by the 18th century as it features on an embroidered Russian linen border, held by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

This stitch is awaiting a sponsor.

Structure of stitch

Common uses

Embroidery Techniques


  • Mrs Archibald Christie, Samplers and Stitches (1921) , p.84
  • Mary Thomas, Mary Thomas’s Dictionary of Embroidery Stitches (1934) , p.65–6
  • '19th century Russian border', Victoria and Albert Museum (2021). Available at: (Accessed: 12 October 2021)