Cross Stitch

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Question of the week

I am quite new to cross-stitch how do I make neat stitches?

Firstly always stitch in good light and take your time practise does make perfect - here are few tips.
  1. Ensure all the cross stitches are made in the same way i.e all the top diagonals have to lie in the same direction.
  2. Complete each stitch as you go as this will help get the stitches even tension (as opposed to making a line of diagonals and then going back across the row to complete the stitch - this can distort the fabric) Using a hoop or frame will also help with the tension.
  3. Every so often let go of the needle and let it spin and unravel - this will help prevent knots forming)
  4. Make sure that you use the correct amount of strands every time you thread the needle.
  5. Try to come up through an unoccupied hole and down an occupied one.
  6. If using 2 strands for the cross stitch - use the loop method to start this will help you avoid tying knots.
  7. Avoid trailing the thread over long distances when stitching in different areas - instead weave the thread under the stitches on the back of the fabric.
  8. When finishing, weave the thread under a few stitches on the back of the fabric before trimming, again avoid tying knots as they Will show through the front especially on even weave fabric.
  9. Practise on smaller designs until you are confident with your stitching - the result may encourage you to try something a little more challenging.
  10. Accuracy and careful counting are just as important as neat stitches.
  11. Always make sure your hands are clean and that you do not leave the needle parked in the fabric as rust stains may form.


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