How to Stitch a Star Stitch With This Cross Stitch Tutorial

Tutorial and Tips for Cross Stitching a Star Stitch

Star Stitch Diagram
Star Stitch Diagram. Graphic © Connie G. Barwick, licensed to, Inc.

There are so many types of stitches in the cross stitch world. They range in degree of difficulty. The good thing is that a beautiful stitch does not have to be complicated. Take for example the stitch you will learn here; the Star Stitch. It is a very easy stitch but adds a nice touch to any project. The star stitch, also known as a couched cross stitch, is an easy variation of the cross stitch. Below is a simple tutorial on how to do this type of stitch. Once you have the stitch down, don't be afraid to build on with your own touches and style. Remember that practice makes perfect so if your first stitch isn't that great, keep trying and you will get it! 

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: varies depending on the project and familiarity of the stitch 

Here's How:

  1. Thread a needle with a short length of floss. Stitch a half stitch. The needle you use and the amount of floss depends on the project you are working on. Use both according to the fabric the project requires. If your needle is too big or you use too many strands of floss you will skew the fabric and stretch it out. You do not need a lot of floss for this type of stitch, but if you are bigger stars, cut the floss accordingly. Before beginning the project, make sure you have the proper tools.
  2. Stitch a second half stitch, completing a cross stitch. You will have one full cross stitch or an "X" If you are doing a full line of stars, then stitch a half stitch all the way across and then come back to finish the cross stitch.
  3. Stitch a horizontal straight stitch across the cross stitch, creating a star stitch, also known as a couched cross stitch. Be sure to bring your needle up exactly halfway between the legs of the cross stitch, in the same place on each side.This is actually very easy to do as you will see that in the fabric you can separate it out. You will not actually have a hole to put the stitch into but you can still make it even. Practice this step a few times until you get comfortable with the process. It may take a couple of times before getting the hang of it.
  4. Practice the stitch until you are comfortable stitching it. This stitch is great for creating stars in small designs, as a border embellishment, or as a way to enhance any simple cross stitch design. It is a great stitch for the holiday season/ You can make these in different sizes for a snowflake effect. This stitch looks much better on a large scale and in random places. If you are going to go with a smaller motif, it will look great as a border. Why not make a few smaller hoops as practice and then piece them together for one starry night scene. 

The Star Stitch is just one type of embellishment stitches that would be great for the holiday season. You an use it to create ornaments and samplers. You can also use it on waste canvas and felt to create perfect stars. Why not try it with glow in the dark floss for added effect. You can also use metallic threads to create a more vibrant look, but be warned that metallic floss is difficult to use and will not have the same tightness as its cotton counterpart. This stitch can also be incorporated into different scenes or sayings. While it is such a simple stitch, there are so many different ways to use it. 


However you plan to use the Star Stitch, it will be a wonderful addition to any project. Have fun with it and think outside the box...or stars! 


What You Need:

  • fabric
  • floss
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • Hoop (optional)
  • Frame (optional)