04 Sep Ridiculously Helpful Cross Stitching Tips
29 Ridiculously Helpful Tips For Anyone Who Wants To Learn How To Cross-Stitch
1. To get started, invest in a cross-stitch pattern book with classic alphabets and symbols, simple symbols, and/or NSFW sampler patterns.
2. Maybe get your feet wet with an easy cross-stitch kit, or go all in with an elaborate kit like this one:
Available from Cross Stitch Supplies
3. Consider downloading a PDF pattern from Etsy in varying difficulty, like these friendly avocados.
4. Or, just create your own pattern from a printed picture with coloring pencils, freezer paper, and graph paper!
Simply print out a design you like, print out some graph paper get to drawing!
5. Pay attention to Aida cloth — aka cross-stitch cloth — sizing. The higher the Aida count, the smaller the stitches and overall project will appear.
For example, this 14-count fabric has 14 squares per inch and each square represents a cross-stitch or “X.” Some common Aida counts include 11, 14, 16, 18, and 28. It’s available in large swaths or smaller pieces.
6. Or, if you want a non-basic background color, paint your Aida cloth.
7. Get close and personal with embroidery floss, which comes in DMC floss, Cosmo floss, and aurifloss. But DMC floss is most commonly found and budget-friendly.
DMC cotton embroidery floss is available in craft stores, basically, everywhere. It’s sold in a individual skein — which includes six strands that are easily separated — or a pack of skeins
8. If you’re not working from a kit, buy all your thread for one project at the same time.
Thread is colored in dye lots, which can lead to varying shades if you buy a specific color in different batches. BUT, if buying from different dye lots can’t be avoided, take one strand from the old and one strand from the new to blend.
9. Count and organize your thread colors…and if you want to stay ~super~ organized, wind them on some plastic bobbins and label them.
Set aside the amount of each color you’ll need for your project. Often, cross-stitching kits will come with cardboard guides that’ll help you keep track of strands and the difference between similar floss colors like beige and cream.
10. Determine your thread coverage with this handy guide that breaks down how thread count and the amount of strands you use change your pattern’s outcome.
Floss coverage from left to right: 18-count, 14-count, 11-count, and 9-count (18-count over two threads).
11. Tape the edges of fabric or use fabric glue to keep it from fraying as you stitch.
12. Prevent pattern distortion by using a wood tension-dial hoop (top) or spring tension hoop as you stitch.
14. Make threading your needle less maddening with a threader.
15. Measure out the right length of thread so you won’t waste precious thread with tangles.
16. If you have enough needles, keep them on a DIY organizer with the corresponding thread color name and symbol as seen on your pattern.
17. Wash your hands before you start! Dirt and oils on your hands can stain your Aida cloth and floss.
18. Start off by stitching a simple guide with one strand of dark embroidery floss to mark the center of your fabric and guide you in counting stitches.
19. Learn the basics of cross-stitch types.
20. And master the art of the French knot.
21. Keep track of your count by checking your pattern as you go along.
22. Don’t wash your finished project! (That can lead to color bleeding.) Instead, spot clean and roll a lint roller over it. Then iron the back to remove creases.
23. Finish it for hoop display with this method that’ll keep it looking as neat on the back as it does on the front.
24. Prep your cross-stitch for a frame with the lace method for a tight, pro-level finish.
(See Our Instructional Video – Lacing)
25. Or, mount your design on canvas.
26. Take your newfound skills to different applications like this cross-stitch fox on a crochet pillow.
27. Or by learning how to cross-stitch on fabric while maintaining the grid.
28. Share your genius creations, gather inspo, and ask the tough questions on the cross-stitch subreddit.
29. But remember that cross-stitching’s more art than science! And if all else fails, you can buy a finished product on Etsy and pass it off as your own.
Cross Stitching Tips – Source – BuzzFeed
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