Home Hobbies Cross-stitch

Cross-stitch is a form of swing. The stitcher counts the threads on a piece of even weave fabric (such as linen)

in each direction so that the stitches are of uniform size and appearance.


Cross-stitch is also executed on

easily countable fabric called aida cloth but the threads are not actually counted. Cross-stitch is the oldest form

of embroidery and can be found all over the world. Many folk museums show examples of clothing decorated with

cross-stitch, especially from continental Europe, Asia, and Eastern and Central Europe. Traditionally, cross-stitch

was used to embellish items like household linens, tablecloths, dishcloths, and doilies.


Although there are many cross-stitchers who still employ it in this fashion,

it is now increasingly popular to work the pattern on pieces of fabric and hang them on

the wall for decoration. Cross stitch is also often used to make greeting cards, pillowtops,

or as inserts for box tops, coasters and trivets.

Karolina Dąbrowska



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