The half stitch
||In cross stitching, the easiest method is to embroider each cross side by side with another. The golden rule: always keep the crosses pointing in the same direction ! For more elegant and rapid embroidering, you have to work in a line. Make a line of half stitches (the diagonals of the cross stitch), which you finish on the way back.
The 3/4 stitch
|This is simply a row of half stitches (like those used in the cross stitch) but which you don't come back to to finish off. Each row is done below or above the previous one in order to stitch on the return row. The half stitch is often used to mark shading (in this case, using one thread).
The shading of the leaves is done in half cross stitch.
The back stitch
||This is simply a row of half stitches (like those used in the cross stitch) but which you don't come back to to finish off. Each row is done below or above the previous one in order to stitch on the return row. The half stitch is often used to mark shading (in this case, using one thread).|
One technique is to start the outward stitch using a running stitch. Return, filling the spaces that have been left on the outward stitch. This is easier and uses less thread. To maintain straight lines, you must insert your needle above the completed running stitch and always bring it out underneath.
How to start a counted threads piece
Start by finding the center of your fabric. Fold in four and mark the center with a needle. Start the piece at the center of the pattern (often highlighted in bold. If the center is in a non-embroidered area, you must count the number of squares separating you from the embroidered zone closest to the center to find your starting point. Embroider following the pattern and the base prinicple: each square is one cross stitch and each symbol a different color. The number of threads to use is generally indicated on the pattern. Usually, cross stitch and French Knot are created using two strands while the pin stitch hem makes do with one. For fragile gold thread, use short lengths of thread (12 inch) and use one thread that you will fold in two.