Sharon b in her TSTC has started us off this week on the one of the three stitches my grandmother taught me, the cross stitch. I’ve been reflecting on how to describe it. It is two straight stitches that intersect. It is a detached herringbone. It’s the basis for one of my favorite stitches, the rice stitch. Well, so much more could be said, but I resist; do check out Sharon b’s stitch dictionary because it has many great illustrations and shows more stitches belonging to this great family. The cross stitch can be lacy or cover the fabric so well that it looks solid.
I’ve had what I call my “investigative” hat on the last two days and had some fun with this stitch. Above were a few spots and below, a couple lines.
Now here I started out with a simple line and then made two fills.
Then this next fill takes the largest cross stitch in the series and uses it only to create another fill…
and a spot!