- a stitch in which pairs of diagonal stitches of the same length cross each other in the middle to form an X.
- embroidery or needlepoint done with this stitch.
- to work in cross-stitch.
Origin of cross-stitch
First recorded in 1700–10
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Examples from the Web for cross-stitch
The cross-stitch "tidy" on the back was his mother's handiwork, she had made it when she was fifteen.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
Cross-stitch it in a shade darker than the gingham or in white or red.The Library of Work and Play: Needlecraft
Effie Archer Archer
The stitch used for the samplers was usually the cross-stitch (Fig. 87).Clothing and Health
The Commandments, which the wreath enframes, are worked in cross-stitch.Samplers and Tapestry Embroideries
Marcus Bourne Huish
The leaves and cover may be sewed together with a cross-stitch.Home Occupations for Boys and Girls
- an embroidery stitch made by two stitches forming a cross
- embroidery worked with this stitch
- to embroider (a piece of needlework) with cross-stitch
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Word Origin and History for cross-stitch
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