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Long Legged Cross Stitch

The long legged cross stitch is Also known as the long armed slav stitch or the Portuguese stitch.


The stitch is really a stretched out and overlapping cross stitch.


Unlike the normal cross stitch, you have to complete the whole cross of the stitch before moving on to the next stitch.


If this was not done then the overlap part of the stitch would look messy.


On even weave the first stitch stretches from bottom right to top left and covers 4 threads across to the right and two threads up.


Having moved through the material to the back, a vertical stitch is made across two threads and the needle is passed through to the front.


A normal sized second diagonal stitch is now made, two threads up and two threads to the left, passing the needle through to the back of the material.


finally another vertical stitch is made on the back of the material bringing the needle through to the front in the middle-bottom of the completed cross.


This is the start point for the second cross making the stitches overlap by half a stitch Long Legged Cross Stitch

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