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Introduction to Cross-Stitch

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Alternating Cross Stitch

Lisa Shaffer

Introduction to Cross-Stitch

Lisa Shaffer

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Lesson Info

7. Alternating Cross Stitch

Lesson Info

Alternating Cross Stitch

This is called the alternating crossed it says look super fancy it's not you can see what it is really is just a classic cross stitch with an ob long next to it sharing went to the same holes and alternating so you get this very sort of pattern look but if you look at the first row and the bottom row there that's really all it is but when it's doubled up it starts to look really fancy and patterned yeah whoa it's right you're going to start with the classic crossed it and I'm going to give you the counts for them so that you get the pattern correct we start with one and then you alternate it's up to you whether you want to start with the classic or the ah blam here I've started with ob long so that's what we're going to do okay so for the oblong stitch where it's going to be slightly taller than when we were working on the regular ob long stitch and its variations so it's going to be three by seven so I'm going to show you what that looks like first and then I'll walk you through the s...

ize of the classic cross stitch we're going cross one two three and then down seven one two three four, five, six seven and you all are learning why it's called counted crossed right because you have to count my eyes were really good okay, so there's the there's the first one and I'm going to count out the second, which I believe is just three by three so then the classic cross stitch is three by three, but the cool part about the stitcher where I really geek out about it is that you're using that same vertical line that we talked about with the zigzag stitch you're keeping in line with the state's that's already there so you've got your ob long stitch, which is three by seven and then your classic one, which is three by three but you're falling in line with that same kind of grid so it will make a little bit more sense is you see me go along here I start my second one wilhelm enough yes yeah if you guys want to start your if you need to start your second hoop sampler now is a fine time we've got a couple stitches left so you'll have plenty of room so again the first ob long stitches three by seven on then the classic cross stitch that's going right sort of next to it is three by three so you're counting one, two, three down from that job along stitch and it's starting one to three over by three and then you're going back in to the ob long stitch and that's what gets that sort of intense looking pattern for me aesthetically I prefer it just like this instead of like the top row instead of getting into the super mean this is a really and really intense this's almost more like smoking, then counted cross it and smoking for those of you who don't know is when you do lots of little stitches around gathered fabric so again that ob long stitches three by seven and then the classic cross stitch next to it within the same line is three by three and then this is what it starts toe look like fame vertical line yeah, I'm going to show you appear because it's nice and big so you can see here here's a three one, two three and the seven one, two, three, four, five, six, seven and then you can see the small and starts in line with that same oblong stitch it's just three down so one, two, three and then you start your count one, two three across and three down but it's sharing that same vertical space on the grid as the oblong stitch and then when you start to get, I'm going to show up here too because it's nice and big when you start to repeat it, you can see really clearly down here because I switched the colors you're actually that's why it's called alternating is your alternating the stitches so the ob along is now connecting with the classic cross stitch, and the classic cross stitch is connecting with the odd long so it's, not a row of ob long along its classic ob long classic cobbling and their alternating across and that's how you get the row with that so I'll show you here quickly, I'll go through in here so you can see okay, are you guys doing so making sense? Ok, I'm going to prep myself for the next, which we have one more kind of cross stitch variation on that we're going to finish up with straight stitch, which is kind of free and easy and breezy and is a little bit more abstract that's when it really comes into color, things like that? Yeah, the alternating cross stitch you that's just too much you could if you wanted to. Yeah, you could even do a third color. Yeah, really? One of those things with your needlework skills? Yeah, you can basically attack any stitch once you get the hang of where the appropriate place to tack it is. And then on that third line, where would you put them? The top? Yeah, I would probably start with attacking the classic one first sort of like a star stitch, and then I would go back in and see you'd have to, you know, you would because it's, working in odd numbers, you do have a center point, so there should be three on either side. So for, like the oblong stitch, you count. One, two, three, one, two, three. So you tackett right across here.

Class Description

There are so many exciting projects you can make with basic cross stitching skills! Get your start with this timeless technique in Introduction to Cross-Stitch with Lisa Shaffer

Lisa teaches needlework to artists across the country and in this class, she’ll show you how to: 

  • Start a hoop sampler and finish the back 
  • Sew a fun variety of stitches 
  • Choose the best materials for beginners 
  • Customize your projects 
You'll learn the basic cross-stitch, zig zag, herringbone, tacked herringbone, oblong, and rice stitches. Lisa will also demonstrate some of the more complicated intricacies of cross-stitching so you feel confident you are doing it right. 

By the end of the this class, you’ll know how to complete a sampler displaying a whole variety of stitches and you’ll be ready to spice things up with variations in color and size.


Mary Stambaugh

A nice class...cross stitching is very calming, and Lisa has a soothing voice. I wish the camera operator had done a better job of filming her hands while making the stitches, as it was difficult to see. I went on YouTube and found videos that did a better job for that purpose. I would recommend this class, with that one caveat.

Lene C Sundby

Inspiring instructor and inspiring samples design! Useful tips and tricks! Unfortunately it was difficult to se how the stitches were done because of no filming up close. I would suggest an editing job being done with lay over with illustration on how the stitches are done. At least there should be a downloadable pdf with detailed explanations.