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Upright cross stitch

  • St George cross stitch
  • Straight cross stitch
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​This stitch consists of small interlocking vertical cross stitches.

Upright cross stitch is generously sponsored by Jill Griffiths



First make a vertical stitch across two canvas threads, then cross it with a horizontal stitch across two canvas threads


Make sure the top stitch is always horizontal.


Work the crosses in rows. The second row should fit into the spaces of the first.

Upright cross stitch

Structure of stitch

Embroidery Techniques

Identifying Upright cross stitch

This is a small cross stitch worked upright. The horizontal stitch should always lay uppermost.


  • Rachel Doyle, RSN Essential Stitch Guides: Canvaswork (2013) , p.90
  • Mary Rhodes, Dictionary of Canvas Work Stitches (1980) , p.63