"Four sided Stitch"

Four Sided Stitch

Each line on this chart represents a fabric thread.

Come up with the threaded needle at 1 and all odd numbers, go down at 2 and all even numbers. For the second Four Sided stitch, repeat the process noting that steps 7 and 8 in the last leg of the stitch become steps 1 and 2 in the new stitch.

Back of the Four Sided stitch

This stitch will look like a square on the front of the fabric and will form a Cross Stitch on the back on the fabric. If you are doing the Antique Sampler, do not pull it tight, loft the thread like I advised in the Satin stitch instructions. If you are pulling the stitches read on!

A Finer Point

Please note that there are several discussions about this stitch presented here. The basic steps for forming the stitch are presented first, then a discussion of how to do this stitch on a diagonal, and finally discussions follow about charting this stitch and practicing it.

Working on a Diagonal

To work the Four Sided stitch on a diagonal do the first Four Sided stitch through step 8 as shown in the left chart, then as shown in the right chart at 1 bring your threaded needle up four fabric threads below where you did step 7 and go down at 2 in the new Four Sided stitch and continue stitching as shown in the first diagram.  

To work up on a diagonal you would do the same steps but instead of going down for the next stitch you go up the required number of fabric threads. Copy and turn this diagram for any direction you need.


This is a short hand version of the Four Sided stitch. It does not show you where to place each stitch as the stitch diagrams do. Remember this! It is a symbolic way of charting an entire stitch on a design chart, otherwise you could be trying to understand a chart that is three feet long and three feet tall. Whenever you see something like this you will have to look in the instructions to see what it means. Do they mean for you to go over two fabric threads or four fabric threads? Generally, the stitch diagrams will say each line represents a fabric thread, but on the design charts a square or grid represents a section of the fabric that is two threads across and two threads up and down.

These design charts are like puzzles you have to read through the pages, look at the pictures of the finished project, check the stitch diagrams and sometimes predict (guess) what fits into a spot on the chart. That is part of the fun. Nothing is more satisfying than the little "Eureka!" when you get it! It is impossible to fully and completely explain anything in this life. Ever tried explaining how smart your child is to a teacher, or how wonderful your pet is to a vet? We all do our best!©2000, Linda Fontenot, www.AmericanFolkArts.com