This edge stitch is a nice decorative touch for small items. This long cross stitch gives the look of a braided edging, but is also a very secure way to join two pieces together.
Even though it is often used in pojagi, it can also be used in other sewing and embroidery projects.
1. Align pieces
Hold the two pieces together, right sides out. If you want, you can baste the seams first or hold it with pins or clips.
2. Begin stitching
Bring the thread up on the left side. Bury the know between the two pieces.
3. Cross Stitch
Take a stitch about 1/4″ above the thread, taking the needle through both pieces from right to left.
If you are left-handed, you can reverse the direction of the stitching.
Take the next stitch just above the bottom thread, also from right to left.
Repeat the stitches, one up and one down each one just slightly above the last stitch.
4. Repeat cross stitch
Eventually the lower stitches will overlap the upper stitches, so there is a bit of padding in the seam as well.
This is beautiful with either matching or contrasting threads. It looks wonderful with variegated thread.
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Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
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