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Introduction to Cross-Stitch

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Oblong Stitch

Lisa Shaffer

Introduction to Cross-Stitch

Lisa Shaffer

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6. Oblong Stitch

Lesson Info

Oblong Stitch

Here's where those of you who have had stitches that were longer than wide now is your time to shine because we're going to be doing the ah long stitch but sorry about that grabbed the variation one before but so for those of you who have been doing the grid taller than wider you've already been doing an ob long stick and this has attacked variation as well which I really like it makes it look super cute and fancy, which you can see at different sizes looks really, really different, but for our purposes we're going to be going I believe three across and five down so that will make more sense is I start stitching but as you've become familiar with the five and five count now we're going to be going across three and down five, which is what's going to make it taller than whiter and it's the same principle is the basic cross stitch you're going in and out in some of the stitches were sharing holes and you can do rose and different variations so I'm going to show you when it starts to look...

like can I go through one hole here I'm gonna count across three one two, three and then down five one five and that just gets repeated and you can do any variation on size with this of course as long as you are numbers remain odd and not even so for this one I'm going to do to little rose and do five across and two rows and then I'll show you how to attack it but it's the same principle is tacking the herringbone and attacking the stars do it and you can even tack it the same way as the star if you want to and have a longer vertical stitcher shorter horizontal stitch this is I'm teaching you sort of the basic classic stitch and then you know I say go for it make it is funky issue what you want ok, so here is but a couple of rows looks like it's counting across three and then up and down the five do you usually start from the left to the right or the right to the left? Doesn't matter I say whatever is comfortable for you I tend to doesn't make a difference in your stitches it has to be it should be uniform so you should be moving in the same direction I don't even think it will work if you switch directions it shouldn't the terms of a pattern is shouldn't work but um I tend tio I tend to start left right and then with cross teacher oh you're always at some point working backwards you're always involved in some sort of a back stitch because you're crossing the previous toe so you're moving forward and then you're always right you're always going back so depending upon what way is back for you you know in needle point they tell you to turn it over and it does make a difference in the stitch it doesn't happen in and question it I mean it can needle point is a is a super purist stitch people that do need a point that do the large canvases will have it there's a certain way to do needle point where it looks uniform in the back and with needle point you're always moving in the same diagonal it's a completely different form because you're not crossing unless you're involved in a needle point that then has crossed it my grandmother has done needle points that then the background has some cross stitch elements but again that's a totally different it's a completely different beast yeah in needle point if you're switching the direction of the stitch, you're completely changing the grain of the instead it's a totally different thing how's everyone doing with the oblong yes good okay, I'm going to show you how to attack it, but I think some of you were probably getting the hang of attacking it maybe tell me if it's no you think that it doesn't matter what your talking if you're doing it on the horse on toward the vertical it just it's a different look for each one that's a way you can very this is this is the traditional bob long stitch with attack is that it? It comes across as across yeah away to bury it would be to do both that would look completely different to do vertical and horizontal or just vertical okay those air those air all different ways you can marry it so with the attack on the ob along the star stitch is a little bit more narrow than the actual x but you're going to be going three across with attack and then you're sharing the same hole so that's how it varies you'll see is I'm doing it here but it almost becomes like basically what you're kind of doing is a back stitch over the crossing because you're sharing the same holes but it was five down not five over I'm gonna come over and take a look in a second thank you you were doing it before what happened way get to the stuff for your kids I can't count so much you got stage fright would have it okay, so what I did was I went five over instead of thatis fight down but well you're you started doing the herring bones yeah yeah we're just going one, two, three and then and then five damn right on your you're doing a basic crossed it but it's just then earn me yeah okay, I got it I guess I got it yeah, you were doing in there yeah, ok, one more time about what it's like how are you doing? Yeah, yeah that's a problem, ok, I'm always I always get stuck up in next step after the first two so I want to go one, two, two e over and then fired up you want to go one yet three over and five up and that's where that line is going a okay, so basically way you know your count is going to be off because you're and get me for a second so I can go for you know you've got you've got four, so you wantto don't make it more narrow than that. So you count three over from distant you miss this would be like one to three on one, two, three, four, five so you were just you ever shot it a little bit. Okay, so you do, countess, that you made it. Ok, so you're only counting to over a fit story. You're cathy. Okay, but think the count start with where the thrust telling the truth can you think of those like rose and rose it's going to have, like, a whole blanket? I don't think that they will pull I was trying to get all of them even on try to send her over, just like you were

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.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Lisa Shaffer - Intro To Cross Stitch Resource Guide.pdf

Lisa Shaffer - I Have Love Graphic.pdf

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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.