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Introduction to Cross-Stitch

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Straight Stitch

Lisa Shaffer

Introduction to Cross-Stitch

Lisa Shaffer

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Lesson Info

9. Straight Stitch

Lesson Info

Straight Stitch

So this one for those of you who know jonathan adler, the ceramicist on the home decor god that he is you'll recognize this hey does a lot of straight stitch or bordello pillows, which is with wool and like needle point fabric but it's a basic straight stitch variation there super beautiful and, you know, really colorful but straight stitch is I keep this one for last even though in its essence is the most simple this is really the jumping point where you can do a lot of your own pattern and design with a straight stretch I use straits for a lot of my pattern to my jewelry by making little chevron's and you can see at the bottom of this one arrows and chevron's and all different kinds of theirs even in back stitch there and then there's more of the florentine and bordello look at the top so I think what I'll do is I'll walk you through one of these short little patterns this top one with the st stitch just how to be a good example of how you can vary it with color and stitched to get a...

little bit of a pattern. But all of these are just about counting it's all cross, which is all about counting so you're counting in your varying and you can see this is working on an upward angle and then it comes down you can see it goes up one one two, three and then it's the same for two up one and in the same for four and then down so it's all about that count so this is the one that we're going to be focusing on I like this one because it's it splits up the stitch you have a long straight stitch and then you have to shorter straight such is down here and that sort of a variation within a variation you could go crazy on this one and do these short stitches and two different colors and then you can really very it so this top stitch in the strait stitch pattern I'll give you the count as it looks like it's five but I want to count it to make sure ok it's five also want to show you a little hack for if you need toe you lose count you're like what they're doing or you step away yeah really I am going to finish this tomorrow I'm gonna you know worked on this and I'm done I'm going to come back to it sometimes really? How money was I doing so a really great way to keep track of it because the threat is covering your whole count right is to discount next to it so for here going ok it's one, two, three, four, five on I've got one too three one two three for that bottom one so I do that all the time with my work I'm constantly counting next to it to keep the pattern so a straight stitch all you're doing is coming up through following your count and just going back down so this is the first stitch for that pattern on the top just anyone that's a little bit you've seen blue on blue can you see it up there yeah maybe along it's just five it's up through one and down through the other I can use another color if that's better that's a great picture on the screen lawyer little samples around it and you're spread okay so all straight stitches is you're just coming up and then you're going back down through the count that's it and then for this pattern removing the entire five count up one you can see from the diana here it's working like this so then we're just going up one and down for a count of five so we're just kind of nudging the whole stitch up one hole and for this particular pattern that happens for four stitches see I got a nice little mess in the back and then it starts going back down so the same thing we're just pushing that little row back down one so this is what the first part of that looks like you have this kind of little arrow and then you move back up and the more what's, the more you you get into the pattern like a lot of these it's, the first kind of round of the pattern that might look a little bit awkward, and then you start to see you're repeating the same thing over and over again, so then we're just going up by one again, and now you already have the distance there, so you're actually going into the same spaces across if that makes sense, you're working, okay? So I'm gonna stop there and I'm going to show you this underneath stitch, which is broken up by two I think I'll use his car so you could continue this pattern with a five count straight stitch underneath if you wanted to or you could give it the slight variation by breaking it up into two different stitches. So you're going to come through that same hole where you started your pattern, and instead of going down five, you're going to count one, two, three and place a stitch and then you're going to count backs, you're going to do a back stitch, we're going to skip a hole and then come up to the other one, which is also a three count they're still a bit different, and then you're going to follow that underneath the next one. And I'm going to pause for a minute and just point something out that's going on with mine I've got kind of a loose thread you know if you guys can to see that see that sticking out looking not so handsome so I just got to not back here and I didn't wantto really I was a little hasty I don't want a pause because we're teaching so what you can do is if that happens and it does you can kind of pull on the back a little bit to sort of find where the culprit is I found it right here and then you know don't don't toss the whole thing you can save it by creating another stitch in the back to pull it a little bit tighter you cannot it so that should have tighten that yeah now it looks now it looks a lot neater a hole when you do this second row are connecting the two lines I don't you know I don't know if you can see it's an I'll come over and show it's in the same you're sharing the hole so the blue is actually going and sharing the hole with the brown yeah I'll come over and show you there start right there yeah so you know I had to turn my number still yeah and then you're just counting three three but you're counting the one you just started so it's always one two three yeah and then you're doing a back stitch from underneath so you're gonna be skipping a hole and then you're you're gonna pull through that one and then go back in there which is still three one two three that looks very good I'm just starting the straight stitch so it's one to be were no actually first one is five ok yeah and then when it split up it becomes three ok this's a separate okay, yeah does he start five and then five you're going but you don't pay attention this is the first part so it's just a straight stretch of a five count ok then you're pushing up one and then you're going back down so cool yeah doesn't matter what it looks like on the background you know that e you did something totally different but this is in advance. Tiffany apparently is super advanced she's making her own patterns already she's ready to lead the class tonight? Yeah. Okay, so this is an awesome awesome example of how you can make your own way. Yeah. So she's totally done her own thing already I thought I was following instructions be like this's my whole and game class yeah, I think so. This is awesome so she took it straight stood and she made this really cool chevron no kara whatever you want to hear the artist you name it it's now you're still so and you're just that you just weren't sharing the whole without one before so but on this role I was good but I really matching it up with the five count stretched it I know but I thought yeah but this row that one sharing the room yeah this is yeah whatever you did awesome yeah this is instead of I know let's go yeah you move your sharing that whole yeah but alex whatever you did I'm not going to stop your looks really good and that was like I mean I couldn't have paid you think this is the last age so it's like a really great way to wrap up to be like this is what you can keep me totally did what like my hope for all of you is that you'll take all this information kind of let it calculate in your brain a little bit particularly and rest and you kind of get good at the basics of manual launch off to do your own really awesome stuff which it's sort of easy right? Tiffany lee construction thing I realized there wasn't supposed to skip a row and so then I just created a path in yeah it's not you no no and no one get hopefully if you're doing right no one's going to get hurt you can do your thing because everyone here is all kind of understand the straight stitch okay, so I want to thank everyone for joining us today and for watching. I hope you've had as much fun as I've had. Of course, this is like, totally my jam, so great time. But take these seven stitches. Think about them for a little bit practice. Um, and then I know you're going to be able to do your own great, wonderful work from this base, so thanks, and we'll see you next time.

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.