The photograph on the right shows a shirt from Bosnia decorated with cross stitch. The embroidery forms an area around the button band (placket) down the centre front of the shirt.
Cross stitch is a simple technique that can be used to create complex patterns. Regularity of stitch size is important when producing a geometric pattern. You can easily convert your designs to a cross stitch pattern by superimposing a grid on your drawing.
Whilst cross stitch is ideal for pattern and colour it lacks any variety in texture. Experiment with different thickness of the thread and textured yarns. Try mixing stitch sizes to introduce some visual contrast.
Download our handy PDF guide to learning cross stitch and all of the other stitches featured in this resource.