Stitching Over Two on Evenweave or Linen

also available as a free guide here at Stitching the Night Away

Cross stitching on linen or evenweave fabrics might be intimidating to someone that has only stitched on aida cloth before.  But, I assure you that it’s not as hard as one might think.  Infact, in most cases it’s easier, especially when it comes to quarter and three-quarter stitches that give a piece detail and finished edges to a design, or to add turns inside borders.

Here are few illustrations to help you out with your first “over two” project.  Over two basically means over two threads of the fabric.  If you were stitching on aida cloth, you would be stitching “over one”.

cross stitching over two on evenweave or linen fabric diagram -  unused holes locations This diagram is your unstitched fabric.  We’re preparing to make the first full cross stitch.  The yellow dots represent the unused holes in our cross stitch, the grey lines the fabric threads.  The blue dots represent one leg of the cross, the green dots represent the other.  Which you connect first will depend on which direction you are stitching.  For this example we’ll be going left to right, and back again to complete the cross stitch.
cross stitching over two on evenweave or linen fabric diagram -  step one This is to illustrate the first leg of the cross stitch, as stitching from left to right.  If you’re a right to left stitcher you would connect the green dots for your first leg.  Don’t worry, you will not be able to see the center hole after your stitch is completely crossed.
cross stitching over two on evenweave or linen fabric diagram -  step two And here’s the second leg of your full cross stitch stitched “over two” on evenweave or linen fabric.  I hope you enjoy your new found fabric.  If you have any further questions or need help with something please visit our Stitching the Night Away Discussion Board and ask our stitchers.
cross stitching over two on evenweave or linen fabric diagram -  quarter stitch unused holes This diagram is your unstitched fabric.  We’re preparing to make a quarter cross stitch.  The yellow dots represent the unused holes in our cross stitch, the grey lines the fabric threads.  The blue dots represent one leg of the cross, the green dots represent the other.  Which you connect first will depend on which direction you are stitching.  For this example we’ll be going left to right, and back again to complete the cross stitch.  This is with the “quarter” in the bottom left corner of the X.
cross stitching over two on evenweave or linen fabric diagram -  step one for quarter stitching Here is leg one of our quarter stitch, showing the “quarter” at the lower left position.  Of course it won’t always be in this position, so you would stitch it in which ever corner of the X it belongs in.  I think you’ll find placement of a quarter stitch on evenweave much easier than on aida cloth, because there’s a hole exactly where you need to go through the fabric with your evenweave.  If you were stitching on aida you’d possibly pierce the threads be off center. Quarter stitches also tend to lay more smooth on evenweaves and linens.
cross stitching over two on evenweave or linen fabric diagram -  step two for quarter stitching And here is our finished quarter-cross stitch on evenweave or linen fabric.  Now, that wasn’t so bad was it?  Nah, I didn’t think it would be.  I hope you enjoy using these types of fabrics for your stitching.  Of course there is no right or wrong fabric, use whatever you are most comfortable stitching with.  If you need help or want to share a project visit our Cross Stitching Message Boards.

Happy Stitches everybody!

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About Loretta Oliver

I’ve been a cross stitcher since I was 8 years old. It was something I learned as a Girl Scout when we did a project for a badge related to crafts and the group choose to cross stitch a holiday design on a red sweatshirt using waste canvas. (Talk about hard first project, that was such a pain!) I was one of the first ones finished and I’ve had a needle in my hand almost every day since then.

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