Cross Stitch Tips & Tricks at bottom of page!
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It`s one of the few crafts
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CROSS STITCHING TIPS & TRICKS:
Don’t cut your floss too long. A 16- to 18-inch length is perfect. It won’t get too tangled, but you won’t be re-threading needles too often either.
Separate the length of floss into individual threads.
The popular cotton flosses from DMC, and Crescent Colors are 6-ply threads. If I am stitching on fabrics that are 14-count or 28-count (over two), or a tighter weave, I separate into 6 strands and then reassemble into 3 2-strand sets. If I am stitching on fabrics with a looser weave, I reassemble into 2 3-strand sets.
Straighten the floss by dampening it. As part of the separating step, I also dampen the floss and pull it straight to get rid of any kinks or twists.
As I separate the strands, I lay them out flat and by the time I begin to reassemble them they are dry.
Use a little plastic rectangular box with a sponge in it. You get the sponge wet, simply pull the 6-strand length of floss across the top – and voila, it’s damp but not too wet. The plastic box has a lid, so the sponge stays damp.
Make your stitches consistent. In other words, make sure the top “cross” stitches all go in the same direction. I typically begin a stitch from upper left
down to lower right, and complete it from upper
right to lower left.
Complete one stitch at a time if you are using an overdyed, variegated floss. This makes the subtle color changes more visible in your stitching. However, if you’re using solid-color floss, you can do the first part of the stitch for an entire row and then go back and do the top cross stitch.
If you have a large area to fill in, this makes a lovelier finish because the floss lies more evenly and flat.
Use a hoop. a spring hoop, or a tension screw-hoop will work fine. You can certainly stitch without a hoop, but I think the stitching turns out neater if you use one. My preferred hoop is a 5-inch spring hoop. It allows for a large enough area for stitching, is easy to put on/take off, and is small for travelling
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