Top Ten Medieval Embroidery Stitches- #9 Long-Armed Cross Stitch

Top Ten Medieval Embroidery Stitches- #9 Long-Armed Cross Stitch

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.

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Mia Sutherland August 7, 2011 at 1:05 am

Thank you for the nice demonstration of the long arm cross stitch and the darning stitch. I look forward to using them soon as a beginner embroider.

Irene June 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Thank-you so much for the video, I’ve watched a few of the others. I’m in the process of of making some period clothing and embellishing it with embroidery and cross stitch designs so your experience is proving to be very helpful.
I was wondering if you have text (with ppictures/video stills) instruction for the stitches. If you don’t do you know where I could find text instructions?

Thank-you so much, you’ve been a great help.

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