If you’ve ever wondered why there seems to be different ways of forming a cross stitch, then this tutorial should help! This video will discuss the English method and the Danish method of forming stitches. I’ve had several comments in my beginners playlist of tutorial videos on YouTube that people weren’t sure if doing half the stitch first and then coming back was correct, or forming the stitch fully before moving onto the next cross stitch. Neither one is better than the other, and many stitchers (myself included) use both cross stitch techniques when stitching. It’s all about experimenting with both, and seeing which one works best for you most of the time. Do try moving vertically as well, sometimes stitchers find they prefer working up and down across a pattern (rather than horizontally as I’m showing in the video below).
- Completing each cross at once
- This method is ideal for doing when you’re using the parking method of working across your pattern
- The English method also often the easier method to use when handling confetti stitches (random scattered stitches of one colour across your pattern)
- Doing one half of the stitch in one direction, then coming back to do the other half of the stitch
- This method is ideal for working in big blocks of colour, as you can go in one direction then back (ending up at the beginning of the next row or column)
- The Danish method is perfect if you like using the sewing method, or sewing in hand without a hoop or a frame
When forming your cross stitch, it doesn’t matter which direction you go in first, as long as your top stitch is always going the same direction.
Links mentioned in the video
- Cross country stitching
- Parking method
- Sewing method
- Whether you should worry about what the back looks like