Cross Stitches

pink cross stitches on white fabric with title.

There are a variety of cross stitch variations that can be used in surface embroidery. These are different than “cross stitch” – the counted thread embroidery form done on aida cloth following a chart.

Cross stitches are great for either filling in spaces or as general embellishments. You can mark the fabric to standardize the size, or just stitch freehand for an organic look.

When to use cross stitches

  • borders
  • bars
  • stars
  • snowflakes
  • dots
  • filling areas

Types of cross stitches

Single cross stitch

One basic cross stitch can be used alone to mark a spot, or in random groups for a light filling.

Line of cross stitches

Lines of cross stitches are perfect for borders. Mark the top and bottom to make the sizes consistent.


A star is a fun variation of cross stitch. Great for the top of a Christmas tree, or us in place of single cross stitches.

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