An Oldie But a Goodie

Today's #smallspacesunday is going retro.  Allow me to re-introduce you to the Upright Cross.

It's clean, straightforward, and perfect for virtually any small space.  The ONLY thing to remember is to do the vertical stitch for each pair first, ending with the horizontal stitch on top.  And, before you ask...yes.  That annoying single over one on the vertical or horizontal compensation stitch is essential for a complete and clean stitched area.

Based on what thread you select this stitch can add texture, resulting in a wide variety of uses.  The most obvious uses are small space clothing, baskets, and food.  That said, with a "thicker" thread, it's a fantastic stitch for nature, including trees, bushes, leaves, and small flowers.  

You can dress it up by alternating matte and metallic threads on rows or alternate colors on rows.  Again, the only limit is your imagination.

This stitch diagram, along with other #whimsicalwednesday and #smallspacesunday stitch diagrams, can also be found on  The stitched sample can be found on's Pinterest page as well.

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I hope you have the perfect space for this stitch and enjoy it!