Long armed cross stitch is a variation of cross stitch. It can be used to embroider borders and also as a filling stitch. It forms elongated diamonds.
Knowing how to stitch the cross stitch will be helpful
Two rows of this can make a pretty border like this.
This stitch is worked between two parallel lines. This border stitch can be worked as a straight line or as a curve.
Bring the needle up at A. Go down at B and come back up at C.
Typically, in regular cross stitch, B will be directly above C. I have marked that spot with a red circle. Here the forward arm of the cross stitch is long and hence the name long armed cross stitch.
At the end of the first step, you will have this. Next, the aim is to stitch stitches that are parallel to this.
Go down at D and come back at E.
When the desired length has been reached, come up like shown below instead of at the spot marked with a red circle.
Now the return journey can be made with the same thread or different color thread. This is pretty straight forward and is like cross stitch.
Continue like shown below.
Completed look. This creates a simple geometric embroidery border.
Lets try this as a filling stitch. I am adding another row of this stitch below the first row.
Onward journey is complete.
Another view. Pretty ain’t it?
Even the backside of this stitch looks beautiful. In fact, it looks like Bosnian stitch.
Now lets compare the two stitch variations side by side – cross stitch vs long armed cross stitch
I am adding a row of cross stitch now.
Second row of cross stitch is being stitched now.
Both the stitches are side by side for easier comparison.
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