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cross-stitch vs. embroidery

cross-stitch vs. embroidery: What's the difference?

Embroidery is the general art of creating designs in thread upon fabric with a needle. Cross-stitch is a special type of embroidery, in which the designs are created with a pair of stitches shaped like an x—in other words, two crossed stitches. These stitches are often combined on a coarsely-woven, gridlike fabric to create an elaborate picture.

[ kraws-stich, kros- ]
    [ em-broi-duh-ree, -dree ]
    1. the art of working raised and ornamental designs in threads of silk, cotton, gold, silver, or other material, upon any woven fabric, leather, paper, etc., with a needle.
    2. embroidered work or ornamentation.
    3. elaboration or embellishment, as in telling a story.

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