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by Dana Batho on August 21, 2019 with 20 Comments

If you’ve ever wondered whether you’re defective because you can’t quite figure out why your stitches keep popping out or sliding when you try and stitch over one on linen and evenweave, don’t fear grasshopper. This tutorial will show you all the tricks you need to know to make your stitching experience far more enjoyable when stitching over one with cross stitch, and let you reach for your glass of wine out of enjoyment and not frustration. 🙂

Not sure what stitching over one even means? Check out this handy dandy tutorial and explanation of stitching over one versus stitching over two. 🙂

Stitching over one tips

English method:

  • Making new stitches from right to left, start your crosses from the bottom left to the top right
  • If the warp thread goes under the weft thread, then the second half of the stitch starts from the “under” (bottom) side (under = under).
  • If the warp thread goes over, then the second half of the stitch starts from the “over” (top) side (over = over).

Please note: While filming the tutorial I made a mistake, and showed laying down the individual stitches for the English method from left to right. To prevent the third stitch from “popping out” when you come up from the bottom left to start, ensure you’re travelling from right to left when doing horizontal rows of stitches.

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Danish method:

  • Making new stitches from right to left, start your crosses from the bottom left to the top right
  • Finish the crosses from the top left to bottom right

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Stitching over one on linen and evenweave

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This tutorial will show you all the tricks you need to know when stitching over one with cross stitch on linen and evenweave fabric.

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Dana Batho

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  1. Stitching over one on linen and evenweave - Peacock & Fig (6)

    I think your videos are great. Even the one where you made an error was fine because you had the chart below for further explanation if someone didn’t understand. As far as another video, I would like to know which fabrics you like. I ordered a piece of 32-count (or maybe it was 36?) Weeks Dye Works fabric and it was so sheer. I had no idea how to stitch on it. My local needle shop closed so now I have to order everything online. I can’t see the fabric before I order it. What are your favorite fabrics? Are all Weeks Dye Works fabrics sheer? They are the called for fabric for so many designs. I love your designs. My next one will be the one that says, “Another Great Day Ruined by Responsibility.” My adult son will love it.

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      Dana Batho

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      Hi Donna! I haven’t used any of Weeks Dye Works fabrics ever — I predominantly use Zweigart as that’s a staple in most needlework shops (online and brick & mortar), so customers from all over the world can easily access it. I know WDW has some lovely products, but it’s not available as easily, thus why I don’t use it in my patterns. Anything from Zweigart is great, it just depends if you like Aida vs linen or evenweave, and what count of fabric you prefer. And yes, I’m sure your son will loooove that pattern, it’s very relatable for most people… 😂❤️

  2. Stitching over one on linen and evenweave - Peacock & Fig (8)
    Rhonda

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    So, basically, you learn to be ambidextrous, and have to reverse what you’re naturally wanting to do, which is go from left to right, and reverse to complete the crosses. You’re going to go from right to left, and then reverse.

    For those of us who are also quilters, and do foundation paper-piecing, it’s pretty much the same process. You have to overcome the mindset of wanting to do what comes naturally, and think in reverse. Once you overcome this natural inclination to want to do something in what seems right, it is easily accomplished.

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      Dana Batho

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      Haha yes, it is rather a backwards feeling movement until you get the hang of it. 😊

  3. Stitching over one on linen and evenweave - Peacock & Fig (10)
    Karen Ratner

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    Hi Dana, How do you apply this technique to vertical stitching? For example, 1 over 1 for wording on a sampler reproduction. The letters “I”, “L” for example. Thank you.

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      Dana Batho

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      Hi Karen! I’m pretty sure vertical isn’t an issue because of the way the linen is woven, it’s just horizontally that stitches would have a tendency to “slide” into each other because of the weave of the fabric. You should be able to just stitch normally if travelling vertically, but if you see your stitches sliding you may have to do a similar technique (like when travelling up, go top left to bottom right each time for the first arm of your stitch, so there will be more thread crossing at the back). 🙂

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    Cathy

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    Dana, would you consider making a video about magnifying lights? I’m considering buying one but I’m not sure which will be the most comfortable to use. Maybe a desk light with a flexible neck or the type on a string that would hang round my neck. Which would be in the way the most? Thank you. Your videos are very helpful and informative, I’m learning lots and getting more confident to tackle bigger projects and beads!

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      Dana Batho

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      Hi Cathy! Unfortunately I can’t do a review on those lights — I don’t own one myself and I’m not going to buy a bunch of them just to do a review (which I’ve done for stuff like needle or needle threader reviews, but magnifying lights are much more expensive and bulky). It’s up to how each person stitches, like I used to have a light that had a magnifier as well, and it made me insane as I had to keep my stitching the exact perfect distance away for it to be in focus. I stitch reclined with heat on my neck due to my injury, so that was too hard. I also could never use one that goes around my neck, because I am reclined and sometimes even wearing a hood up on a jacket is too much weight on my neck and shoulders, let alone a heavy magnifier. My best advice is to just experiment and see what works best for you, everyone’s stitchy set up and preferences are different. If you buy something you don’t end up liking, there are lots of stash unload groups online you can resell it in. 🙂

  5. Stitching over one on linen and evenweave - Peacock & Fig (14)
    FL SandyToes

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    Hi Dana,

    Love your videos, they’re always very easy to watch, at least on my Mac and TV. What do you mean when you talk about the third stitch “popping”?

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      If you watch what I’m doing in the video, because I showed making the stitches from left to right, the very last step of the second stitch is going down at the bottom right corner. That’s the same corner the next stitch would need to come up, thus the stitch would “pop” out, your second stitch’s last arm wouldn’t stay in place. 🙂

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        FL SandyToes

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        Ah, thanks! Yeah, I’ve done that. I try to come up in an empty corner, but sometimes I get distracted and when I pick my work up again, I forget where the last leg went down. Oops!

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        Dana Batho

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        Haha yeah it happens, but because this method relies on doing the stitches in a specific order and direction, that’s why I put the note in the video saying you should work right to left (not left to right as I showed) — then there are no issues with stitches popping out. 🙂

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    Jyl Milner

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    Wish I had seen this wonderful advice 40 years ago as a newbie stitcher working on the only fabric I could find in small-town Ohio – 22 count hardanger, which I worked one over one because I didn’t know any other options! It’s amazing that I still love cross stitch after that rough start! But love it I do, and I’ve been soaking up your tutorials because things have changed a lot in those years, and you’re teaching me some great new methods – new to me, at least!

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      Dana Batho

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      Glad you enjoyed the tutorial Jyl! And sorry it was a wee bit “tardy…” 😀

  7. Stitching over one on linen and evenweave - Peacock & Fig (20)
    Marny CA

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    Difficult to watch – you move too much … and the evenweave you would up with a straight stitch. Hmmm.

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      Dana Batho

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      I’m sorry Marny, it looks like I’m moving so much because I had to zoom in so much to where I was stitching — without a professional macro film camera (which can cost thousands) I have to rely on zooming in and cropping the filmed area (which makes it look like I’m moving too much). I did say in the video that I would also be explaining what to do as well in case the viewer couldn’t see it well. And I don’t understand what you mean by “the evenweave you would up with a straight stitch”, that doesn’t make any sense to me. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it more, but it sounds like you already know what to do to stitch over one. 🙂

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    Wanda McIsaac

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    I used to stitch the English method when I first started doing cross stitch, about , many decades ago. Now I use the Danish method it’s neater and quicker for me, at least. I use short needles when I work on linen or any fabric more than 22 count. I also need to use a well lit magnifying glass.

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      Dana Batho

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      Yeah those magnifying lights are genius, they’re so handy when doing finer work. 🙂 I use a mix of English and Danish, depending on what part of the pattern I’m doing. 🙂

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    Deborah Crozier

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    looks like you are using ball point needle. Who makes them and where can I get them. Thanks

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