Cross Stitch

Edited by estrella sacragon, Lynn, Eng, Pia Marie Villamante and 1 other

Criss-cross!!! Getting into the cross stitching realm!

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Cross stitch has become one of the world's most popular hobbies when it comes to doing arts and crafts.

Cross stitching is easy to learn and is not a very expensive hobby, which is why a lot of people, both young and old, are getting fascinated with it. This craft is basically a simple type of embroidery stitched with different little X stitches to come up with cute and lovely designs.

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Conversely, this interesting craft is also referred to as counted-cross stitch since both the fabric and pattern requires you to count all the number spaces so you will be able to identify where to place your stitches.

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Cross stitch can be done using several different types of cloth. Essentially you will use an even weave cloth and a round tipped needle in order to create the design.

The cloth which is most common is called Aida cloth. It comes in several different sizes so you will have seven stitches per inch, or nine stitches, or fourteen stitches or twenty one stitches. Aida cloth looks like this:

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How to Cross Stitch

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    Know more about the patterns that you're going to use
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    Most often, cross stitch patterns are made with the use of a woven fabric called Aida cloth. But for the more advanced crafters, they can create designs with the use of other types of fabrics, although they use a special backing to help them to keep their stitching uniform.
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    The cross stitch fabric
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    Basically, the type of cross stitch fabric you can consider using will depend on your general level and skill of the craft, along with the design you intend to create. You can have cross stitch designs with practically whatever you want, from bedding to children's clothes, home designs to wall decors. These artistic showings of your creative juices can help you create a more personalized idea, thus making them perfect gift ideas for special occasions.
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    Proper thread
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    The proper thread is also an important key to achieve the right cross stitch project. Usually, the thread counts used in cross stitching range from cotton to silk to wool threads. There are also those very colorful threads, called embroidery floss, that come in different kinds of textures and colors that you can play with. For beginners, it is essential that you learn about the general knowledge of the craft before you start shopping for supplies.
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    Find cross stitch supplies
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    You can find cross stitch supplies from your local book shop, craft store, or library, where you can also most likely find a lot of books and guides to help you get started with your cross stitch projects. There are also books where you can find different cross stitch patterns to start with.
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Commonly Used Types of Stitches

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    Back stitch
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    This is used for forming greater detail and should be made after all other stitches are completed.
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    Cross stitch
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    This is a kind of stitch that is made up of two stitches across each other and is the most used type of stitch.
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    Running stitch
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    This contains small even line stitches which flows to-and-fro through the cloth without overlaying. This is also considered a substitute to the back stitch.
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    Half stitch
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    Is known as half of cross stitch and is a single slanting stitch.
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Tips for Beginners

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    Beginners should start doing projects that only require very few colors of threads and Aida cloth with larger weaves
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    That way, you will keep yourself from getting frustrated into doing something you will not be impressed with in the end.
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    Upon starting, take the time to read and go over the project instructions
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    Look over your preferred pattern, making sure that you have fully understood all of the markings and jargon of it. Plus, take time to understand the color key so you can use the right thread color.
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    In cross stitching, you need to understand also the importance of using six strands of threads or floss and separating them into individual threads
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    Be sure you understand that you should not knot your thread once your stitching is done, so you will achieve a clean and flat end project.
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    You will want to use three strands of your embroidery floss for most of your projects.
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    You will get a much more uniform look and a better stitch if you make all of the stitches going in one direction and then come back and cross of them all at the same time
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    For example, using your graph, make all of the first stitches this way /////// and come back and make all of the stitches going this way \\\\\\\\.
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Things You'll Need

  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Thimble
  • Thread
  • Tape measure

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please post in the comments section below.

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Categories : Knit & Crochet

Recent edits by: Pia Marie Villamante, Eng, Lynn

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