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Cross stitch, Needlecraft and Embroidery Glossary: Underlined stitch to Upright rice stitch

A comprehensive illustrated needlecraft dictionary with clear definitions and working diagrams. Includes 766 terms used in cross stitch, embroidery, tapestry, blackwork, and goldwork. (Click thumbnails to enlarge.)

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A counted thread stitch Underlined stitch

This is worked in horizontal rows and each cross stitch is underlined by a horizontal straight stitch before the next cross is worked.

See also Cross stitch
A couching stitch similar to roumanian couching with the couching threads worked in straight lines. Underside couching

In this style the couching thread is pulled through to the reverse and pulls the laid thread with it so that no couching threads are visible from the front. Also known as invisible stitch.

A free embroidery stitch Up and down buttonhole stitch

A variation on buttonhole stitch. Start as buttonhole stitch working downwards but then insert the needle at the bottom and close to the previous stitch as shown.

A counted thread stitch. Up Down Ray stitch

Working from left to right, follow the numbers as shown always working into the central hole. The second complete stitch shares a hole with the last thread of the first stitch.

A counted thread stitch . Upright cross stitch

Working from left to right bring needle out at left and make a horizontal stitch across four threads, bring out two threads back and two threads down. Then work second bar of cross four threads above bringing out two stitches to the right and two stitches down ready for the next stitch.. See also upright cross stitch gone wrong.

A counted thread stitch Upright cross stitch gone wrong

This is worked as upright cross stitch but alternating the horizontal stitch on top with the vertical stitch on top from row to row as shown.

A counted thread stitch used extensively in needlepoint Upright gobelin stitch

This is often trammed to make it more hard wearing Work trammed stitch from left to right then pull needle through one thread down and one thread to the left, then insert it over two threads directly above to form upright stitch and come out in position for next stitch two threads down and one to left. Continue like this row after row. Photo upright gobelin
This is also known as straight gobelin stitch.

A counted thread stitch. Upright rice stitch

A variation of rice stitch where the base stitch is an upright cross over four horizontal and four vertical threads with each arm crossed by a short stitch over two threads at right angles. The following row is offset to interlock as shown. See also triple rice stitch.

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