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Rice Stitch

The Rice stitch is a normal cross stitch, with the addition of a smaller stitch worked over each leg or corner of the cross.

The finished effect is that of cross stitches half overlapping, but it should be noted that every other cross comprises of 4 quarter stitches.

The additional quarter stitches are traditionally worked as backstitch and often stitched in another colour for an interesting effect.

The stitch is made up of a row of normal cross stitch in the first colour.

Next the additional stitches are worked in with a backstitch method, using either the same colour.

If a second colour is to be used, these stitches should be stitched in the second colour.

The neatest effect is where the crosses are worked as double size and this allows this stitch to be worked on Aida.

If this stitch is worked as normal size, then the use of Aida will require the use of a sharp needle and the Aida threads must be punctured for the backstitch.

A variation of this stitch is the Diagonal Rice Stitch, which is the same as the rice stitch but rotated through 45 degrees, giving a cross overlaid with squares. Rice Stitch

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