What does stitching 'two over two' mean?

What does stitching 'two over two' mean?

You may have seen terms like "one over one" and "two over two" pop up along your cross stitch journey, especially if you enjoy stitching on evenweave.

So, let's explore what those terms mean.

Decoding the Cross Stitch Lingo

When we talk about stitching one over one or two over two, we're referring to the number of fabric threads we cover with each stitch. For example, stitching one over one means stitching over a single fabric thread, while stitching two over two means stitching over two fabric threads.

Why Does Stitch Count Matter?

Now, you might be wondering, "Why does stitch count matter, anyway?"

Stitch count determines the size and appearance of your finished piece. When you stitch one over one, you create a more detailed and intricate design, perfect for adding delicate accents or tiny motifs.

On the other hand, stitching two over two results in a bolder, more defined look, ideal for larger areas of colour or text.


16ct Aida vs. 32ct Evenweave: Spot the Similarities

Here's where things get interesting – despite their different names, 16ct Aida and 32ct evenweave are essentially the same when stitching two over two on evenweave.

On 16ct Aida, because the fabric threads are grouped together into a grid with discernible holes, you are simply stitching one X over every square. That's called one over one. But with evenweave, you have a much finer grid with the threads closer together, so you'll be stitching one X across every block of 4 squares.

The stitches will end up the same size on both the 16ct aida and the 32ct evenweave. The same theory applies for 14ct aida and 28ct evenweave, as well as 18ct aida and 36ct evenweave.


Tips for Stitching One Over One and Two Over Two

Now that we've got the stitchy terminology down, let's talk technique. Whether you're stitching one over one for intricate detail or two over two for bold impact, here are a few tips to help you master the art:

  1. Choose the Right Fabric: Select a fabric with a stitch count that complements your desired look. 

  2. Experiment with Threads: Play around with different thread types and thicknesses to achieve the desired effect. Thicker threads create bolder stitches, while finer threads produce more delicate results.

  3. Practice Makes Perfect: Like any skill, mastering one over one or two over two stitching takes practice. Start with small projects to hone your technique before tackling larger, more complex designs.

  4. Have Fun with It: Most importantly, have fun with your stitching! Whether you're creating intricate detail or bold statements, let your creativity shine through in every stitch.

Unlock Your Stitching Potential

So there you have it, Whether you're a detail-oriented stitcher or a bold and adventurous creator, there's a stitching style for everyone. If you haven't tried stitching on evenweave before, give it a go!