Cross stitching is an old but ageless counted thread embroidery that consists of diagonal and x-shaped stitches that, when properly placed, form a detailed picture.
If you want an easy stitch and structured form to follow, cross stitching is perfect for you. In addition to the classic "x" stitch, cross stitching uses variations called the 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 stitches as well as the basic back stitch.
Watch the videos and follow these directions to perfect your Cross stitch.
- Cross stitch designs are either stamped onto the fabric or, true to the counted technique, is done by following a stitch chart that is divided into square grids.
- Stamped designs are highly recommended for a first time project.
- If doing counted stitching, be sure to use an even weave 14-22 thread fabric such as Hardanger and Aida.
- The size of your finished design will be determined by the number of stitches per inch. For example a 28 inch wide design will be 1 1/4 inches on a 22 weave fabric.
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- Use a size 24 or 26 tapestry needle, which has a blunt tip.
- Start stitching in the center of the design and work out.
- Use an embroidery hoop to ensure that your stitches are smooth and flat.
- Knots will show through so as shown in the video, hold about an inch of your thread underneath until your stitches secure to the fabric.
- Likewise, carrying your thread from element to element may also show through so avoid as much as possible.
- Cross all your "x's" with the top thread slanting in the same direction otherwise your design will look choppy.
- To end your stitch, instead of tying off a knot, run your thread under several stitches on the back side of the fabric.