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Needlepoint Criss-Cross Hungarian Stitch - How To

The needlepoint Criss-Cross Hungarian stitch is not a straightforward stitch, but if you are looking for something to spice up your stitching then this may be a good one to add to your stitching stash. Actually, perhaps we should have said "ice" up your stitching, as the Criss-Cross Hungarian stitch is a good one to use for a snowy background.

And that's just what we've done here to show you how it works.

 reindeer antlers needlepoint christmas stocking
We thought this striking Reindeer and Antlers handpainted needlepoint Christmas stocking would be "iced" up nicely with a snowy background of Criss-Cross Hungarian stitch. This is the canvas before it is stitched. Follow on...

The first thing you do is stitch in the Hungarian part of the stitch. The Hungarian stitch starts at the top left of the canvas and is worked in back and forth rows, as shown.

Here are images showing the first row and then several rows stitched in.

criss cross hungraian stitch

Then you fill in with rows of over-one cross stitch...

We haven't stitched the whole canvas background (yet) but because we used a metallic thread it will look like sparkly snow. The stitch is a little bit open and we used this to effect by stitching with contrasting white and blue metallics. We could have used two colors the same and it would still look "snowy".

The Criss-Cross Hungarian stitch takes a bit of getting used to and you may need to follow the stitch guide closely at first. But once you have the hang of it, you'll love stitching this one. Happy snow days!