Stitching Flowers on the Double Straight Cross

Jean Smith Designs floral needlepoint canvas

Well, hello there!

I’m so happy to have you here with me today. This whole month has been about different stitches you can use for the flowers on your needlepoint projects. And today, I’ll wrap it up with a bow by sharing another terrific stitch + some of my favorite floral canvases. (Oh – and I have a few more pictures from our visit to Monet’s Garden to show you, too… sound good?)

One of my all-time favorite needlepoint stitches is the double straight cross stitch.

It’s super fun to do and it’s really easy, too. It’s a medium size stitch, so you’ll need enough space to establish the pattern on your canvas. (Remember, if you can’t work three repeats of the stitch, it’s too big for the area.)

Here’s the diagram for you…

The double straight cross stitch is a terrific stitch for flowers on your needlepoint canvases.


Work each double straight cross stitch as a unit.

Not sure what a unit is? No worries. I’ll explain.

You see, a stitch unit is the stitches that create the individual portions or sections of the overall pattern. For example, in the double straight cross stitch, it’s one upright cross stitch topped with a small standard cross. Take a peek at the diagram below for a visual…

Use a single unit of the double straight cross stitch to work scattered flowers on a needlepoint canvas.


You can use the double straight cross stitch for flower petals or clusters of flowers.

It’s especially pretty when you work it in multi-color or tonal thread, like Watercolours from The Caron Collection. Weeks Dye Works and Threadworx also have some lovely options. My best suggestion is to try out different kinds of threads – mixing and matching as you go – on a doodle canvas.

Now, whaddya say we take a peek at some floral canvases – in case you need a new project for the summer. 😉

Here are just a few beauties that I’d L-O-V-E to stitch…

Use the double straight cross stitch for clusters of flowers on "Careen's Cottage" by Sandra Gilmore.



The large pink flower petals on this Melissa Shirley canvas would look terrific worked in the double straight cross stitch.


And, of course, this one that I already showed you over on Instagram

You do follow me on Instagram, don’t you?! 😉

And to give you some real-live inspiration straight from the master himself, here are some pictures from the garden in front of Claude Monet’s house in Giverny…




Do you have a floral canvas in your stash? Or are you working on one now? I’d love to know! Share a picture with me here.

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Stitch with a smile!




PS: For more stitches that you can use for the flowers on your needlepoint projects, be sure and check out this post.

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Hi, I’m Ellen. A needlepoint teacher and author dedicated to helping motivated but overwhelmed stitchers at every stage find exactly what they need to stitch with confidence. Whether you’re just dipping your toe into the needlepoint world or you’re ready to take your skills to the next level, I’ve fine-tuned a learning experience just for you.

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