Rice Stitch


Introduction to Cross-Stitch


Lesson Info

Rice Stitch

So with the rice stitch you're going to see our good friend at the top are five by five classic will cross there and what you're going to have to do to really get a sense of this stitch is tio I would say due to rose of a five by five classic crossed it so you could even do just for for access across and then to rosa for which is what I'm going to do to start us off but you're going to want to do the five by five count again lovely with two different stitches the two different colors so it's really lovely thank you yeah thiss stitch has sort of an argyle look to it when you're on in a different color and this is one of those stitches to where you work separately so like we were talking about how you could go sort of back to back with the variation with this exact stitch you could either do all the crosses and then the horizontal or traditionally the way it's supposed to go is the cross and then the horizontal across in the horizontal this is one of the stitches where you want to do all...

of one lyrics it's a two layered stitch really don't know if you can see that but you're going to want to do I mean he's the brown color because that's what I've done to you want to do all your brown stitches first and then whichever you're variation color over it because it's a different type of ah cross thank you can see here so this is the classic cross just that we've done and then the variation that goes over it is actually four little diagonal stitches that meat so I'll walk you through it when we get there but this is one of those searches where you do all of this first so if you had a pattern or you reporting a border on something the border called for, like ten inches of this stitch you would want to do your ten whatever measured out to ten inches however many stitches that was all in that first layer first and then you would go back with another color for the variation over it ok, so I've got my two rows of the five by five cross stitch of hold it up so you guys can see like that so this is the way the rice stitch starts I'm going to use another color so you can really see it you might wantto switch colors to since it's sort of a two step process because that really helps it stand out a little bit okay? So with the variation in my mind it seems a little bit similar to attacking stitch that's just how my mind kind of works it out I'm going to try not to say too much and you guys watch as I think that's the best way to figure it out and said to me putting too many words to it, I think it can get confusing so basically in essence, what you're doing is you're splitting up the x, so you've got four diagonal lines that are coming across that are counted, so I'm I'm going to do it and then I'll put some words to it, but again, because we're working in odd numbers, you always have that centerpoint toe look teo for the stitches and this is another one of those ditches similar to the pairing bone, where once you kind of get a few, we'll get it down and you have to get the first through the first couple stitches before you see the x pattern because you're starting on the edge of the other stitch, but you're essentially creating another acts over cross stitch that you've done it's just broken up into four pieces, so this is what it looks like I'm going to do it again so you can watch over how you come closer to us do you have your really way behind you? But I still want to know I mean, so this is the basic five by five across, okay? And then we're splitting it up oh, in the middle ok, ok, ok, I got at it already that's great, thank you so it's five by five ok? Yes, the bolo stitches five by five this year actually making three by three yeah stitches okay, yeah, but the whole x itself ends up being five but if I'm right I got it so let me see right around the x you make a block like around their necks okay got it. Thank you just you know, training base but I'm just thiss little's lite is three theun case that's yeah, so try it again it starts off a little bit tough because you're not seeing the x pattern and until you're getting to the second block there so here's the you're going into this like backwards and upside so those air three by three yeah you're making a little diamond chief yeah and then here's the act the exes there and then it's the same here you start on this side you're just sharing holes with the top cool yeah, right question so thiss point here like it's impossible to do without coming up through that same one because you had said before like usually when we're sharing holes you're going over take a top but in this case there's no way to avoid I guess I'm just asking if it's possible to like accidentally pulled the threat up people owe you know sometimes, but basically what I do is and I just poke it you can't even take another needle that doesn't have threat on it. Okay, and just poke it. And sometimes you can pull it a little bit from the back two, if it starts to pick through, especially if you're using red. For some reason, like with everything. Red thread and cloth and fabric always has, like little bleed. E fibers. It's really weird. I don't know why that is, but, yes, you might get little like red fuzz, kind of just poking back in.

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.