Long-Arm cross stitch

The Long-Arm cross stitch, also known as plaited slav stitch and long legged cross stitch is a variant of the traditional cross stitch. It can be used in counted thread embroidery to create beautiful borders and frames.
plaited slav stitch, long legged cros

Instructions:
The stitch is worked in a similar way as the standard cross stitch, since each stitch is made from a group of two separate diagonal stitches. The only difference is that the second diagonal stitch is elongated.
Long-Arm cross stitch instructions, step by step, needlepoint stitches step by step

Step 1: You will start your thread in the upper-left corner of the square you want to stitch. Bring the needle from back to front through hole (1). Pass the needle back through hole (2). You've just completed a half cross stitch.
Step 2: Bring the needle up through hole (3), which is the lower-left corner of the square. Now, instead of passing the needle through the upper-right corner of the square, you'll pass it through hole (4), which is the upper right-corner of the next square.
Step 3: To start the next stitch, bring the needle up through hole (5), which is the remaining corner of the first square and down through hole (6).
Step 4: Bring the needle up through hole (7) and down through hole (8).

When the stitch worked is rows, the diagonal lines cross each other and resemble a braid.

   

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