Our friend Susan O’Dee (Mistress Briony, as she is known in the Society for Creative Anachronism) is a talented embroidery expert from New York State. Recently, we asked her what the top ten most useful embroidery stitches were, specifically for pre-1600 AD projects. She came out with a great list and graciously offered to film them for us. Stitch number nine is the long-armed cross stitch. This variant on the traditional cross stitch provides for a rich textured field. It became popular in late period such as in Italian works and was often used in voided work where the empty space forms the pattern and the embroidered areas the background field.
Additional thanks to Pakshalika Kananbala for filming and editing the video.