Counted cross stitches create a masterpiece on a grid-like fabric. This design isstitching of tiny ‘x’s into the holes of fabrics with floss. The distance between the holes defines the size of a stitch. A collection of such stitches gives a charming image.
Before you start cross stitching, you should iron the fabricto remove fold marks. The iron should be clean. In case you use a sewing machine, you have an opportunity to add a stitch along the fabric edges. This prevents fraying.
It is significant to sort threads into colors and loop them on a card. Many people choose complexcross stitchingpatterns that have various shades of colors. You should label the thread with color numbers. Many craft stores sell cards, but everyone make his own one. There must be several needles, so that when colors should be changed, you are not to change threads, but only needles.
Cross stitching is not difficult, besides it is very fun. Usually it is the mostly preferred type of craft. Select the pattern you wish to stitch. Buy all colors that are needed forstitches. Choose the fabric. Professionals and experienced people use Aida 14. It is a usual fabric.
Fold the fabric lengthwise and bring the bottom to the top. Get a needle and needed colors and make threading easier by twisting the strand ends together. Pull embroidery floss through an eye of a needle.
Place a needle at the back and bring it up through a starting point. Leave floss at the back. Do a half cross stitch bringing a needle up through a hole and then down through a hole that is diagonal to the right of it. Then make another half cross in the opposite direction.
The Most PopularCross Stitching Techniques
It is enjoyable to countstitches. Cross- stitchingis simple and does not required special skills. Today there are many advancedtechniquesthat teach you to stitch.
BACKSTITCHINGThistechniqueis not difficult. It is basically used for outlining. A backstitch gives more focus toan object. When you wish to try it out, make a line on fabric, label consecutive elements ‘D’, ‘C’, ‘A’ and ‘B’. Take a needle up through ‘A’, then take it to the back (to the right of ‘A’), take it to ‘B’. Bring a needle out at ‘C’. Distances between ‘A’ to ‘B’ and ‘A’ to ‘C’ must be equal. This completes a stitch. Bring a needle out at ‘D’ and keep the space equal.
RAILROADINGThis technique makesstitcheslook neater and separates threads, that they lay flat on the fabric. In this case you should work with 2 strands of floss and make a division between strands. Take a needle up through fabric as you used to do. Before you make a leg of a stitch, insert a needle between 2 thread strands.
VARIEGATED THREADSThiscross stitchingtechniquemeans you mix various colors and create a new one. There are many commercial patterns that use this scheme, but you are able to make special patterns with the help of software and experiment with a floss strands combination.
REVERSIBLECROSS STITCHINGHerea stitchhas identical back and front parts. Thisschemeis hard to master. Only very experienced people can operate such patterns.
FRACTIONAL STITCHINGThis schemecombines simple and not traditionalstitches. A half stitch is a half X. It can be either a forward or a backwardcross stitching.
Using differentcross stitching techniques, you add character to your work and spice it up. These five schemes resemble a small part of what you can really master, because there are many schemes. In any case, cross stitching techniques can become your favorite hobby and make your works exceptional and extraordinary.