Introduction to Cross-Stitch

Lesson 4/9 - Star Stitch


Introduction to Cross-Stitch


Lesson Info

Star Stitch

The next it's we're going to be talking about is the star stitch and this is just another way of switching up the basic crossed it I think it's super pretty I really like this next dish a lot okay so now would be a good time to switch threads if you want to work on a different color I would recommend that so the star stitch starts exactly the same way as the basic cross stitch does it's up to you whether you want to use different colors I think for the purposes of this course right now I'm going to suggest just using one color and you'll see as we work through how you can use different colors to make it pop this is change change your thread because we're moving on to a different stitch but within the star stitch just keep toe one color okay you'll be able to see on the sampler that I have here I have used two different colors up there too so that it really there's a lot of contrast so you can see exactly what we're doing but I would start out with one color and then if you feel like yo...

u're really kicking butt it this stitch thing then you can throw in another color and this judge is one of those as well you can see from the sample up there that really changes the larger it gets so the smaller size up to the top can look quite different than the larger size down there we're going to focus on that one there which is five across which is what we also just did for the zigzag stitch star stitch all of them yeah which one are we doing? We're going to start with the one with we're going to get low crosses and then they're going to start with this one these are all star stitches they're just different sizes were starting with this one and the green stitch on this is what's up here which is five by five which is the one that we just did for this exact stitch so what you want to d'oh is I like to d'oh two rows so you really get a sense of the pattern so I would say maybe do four or five of the basic cross stitch across and then the same number underneath so you'll have two little rose and then I'll show you how to detail it with the smaller stitch but with the smaller search all we're basically doing is putting a tiny stitch over the center which is again one of the reasons why you want to think in odd numbers because that wouldn't be possible if it was your ex would be weird the whole thing would be thrown off so I'm going to start with that five by five x again so one two three four five one two three for five and this is a beautiful stitch to do for borders, I think you can probably get a sense of that, but, um, zelma was scandinavian, and so I have all these really beautiful place knots and things like that that are bordered with a star stitch, which kind of has a very nordic look to it. So I'm going to do two rows of forex is across, and when you're doing another stitch underneath it's the same as when you're stitching next to it, you're going to be sharing the same holes and you'll see when you create rose, you start to get, like, a little argyle pattern when the exes sit on top of each other, which is pretty here, I'm just totally geeking out now on I like that I could see patterns everywhere on, like, in there, there's this other really anything that happens? Um ok, so I'm going to start with t rowe's afore like that. Oh, and I think what I'm going to do is I'm going to switch colors so that you all can clearly see it here and wherever you're joining us from. So I think that will be a little bit more obvious on camera, okay? So once you have a decent number of x is you're going to be creating a little smaller x that crosses that x in the middle now there's different ways to vary this is well, and I'm gonna teach you the stitch the way it is, and once you guys get this, you can play around at home and just doing an upright are just doing one across, not crossing the whole thing and there's lots of different ways to vary it, but for now I'm going to show you this way. So what I like to dio is you're making a little smaller x, then the one so you're actually going across three holes in the middle, three holes across and three holes up and down, and it will make a little bit more sense when you actually do it and as you watch me, but you're just making a little cross over the x and you'll see as you do it there's a natural place for it, so definitely count to make sure, but as you're going through your, you'll see it just kind of squeezes in there naturally and it's nice to have them all going in the same direction. But if that's not where you're at right now, if you're just trying to figure it out, I wouldn't worry about it, and then you start to have this really beautiful little pattern that looks like this super cute top yeah, so on the sampler both on screen and then on my desk here we're focusing on this one right here that top one and then the next one I believe is a seven count we'll see I mean accounted and let you know, but it looks quite different. Yeah, the larger one on here and on here is using us seven by seven square count so you can see even by just bumping it up to you can get a very different look and you can take this down really small as well, but I find with certain stitches there's sort of a natural size limit it, get it, get to look a little too congested and then it won't stand out, so I sort of like the five by five as a starting place for the stitch like two different needles with two different threats is that does it sounds like it might be more complicated would it get more like do you ever do that? Yeah, sometimes with my designs for the jewelry pieces, I will have a couple of designs that the stitches air halted by other stitches and intertwine and go underneath other ones on they're all in different colors so I may leave this much thread pull the needle off, start with another color and then go back so you can if that's easier for you can totally do that yeah, one of the things I do want to say about cross stitch is that when you're learning it's, good to not be in a rush, any needlework, you don't want to be thinking like what's. The best way to max out on the time that I think that the new york, especially when learning, once you get going with a pattern, it becomes sort of meditative. And you can really get going and cover a lot of ground. But when you're learning it's, good to just be like, ok, this this might take a little while. How's, everyone doing on the star stitch, okay, yeah, all right, I'm going to finish mine here, and then we'll move on to the next.

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.