Tips for Better Cross-Stitching
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Tips for Better Cross-Stitching

Cross-Stitching is an addictive craft which uses fabric called Aida, linen or evenweave. It looks simple but there are some tricks and tips for better Cross-Stitch which one learns from magazines or from one’s own mistakes. It is also a very relaxing hobby which in the stressful days of our present way of life is important to help us wind down.

When I first saw a cross stitch chart I wondered how some people have the patience to work all those stitches and thought that it was not for me.  However with time, I was given a very small kit given free with some Cross-Stitching magazines and thought that I could do this being so small. The friend who gave me this kit warned me that Cross-Stitching is addictive but I just smiled and thought nothing of it. However when I finished the kit, I wanted to do more and  bigger things and as my friend had said...I was an addict in a good way!  Some things I learnt by reading every Cross-Stitch magazine available and others by my mistakes. 

For Cross-Stitch there is suitable fabric bought from craft shops and one of the most popular is Aida fabric. It has holes and squares in which you work the crosses of Cross-Stitch. This is the best fabric for beginner and intermediate stitchers. Other fabrics like evenweave and especially linen is best left to more experienced stitchers so that one does not lose heart and give up.

The aida fabric that you are going to stitch on should be serged all around the edges so that it does not go on fraying while you are stitching.  Some people bind the edge of the fabric with tape but in my opinion the best way is to serge the edge or use zig-zag stitching.  When that is done, you fold the fabric in half horizontally and then fold again vertically. The point where both folds meet is the middle of the fabric. Most charts nowadays have the middle stitch of the project marked. That marked stitch has to go where the folds of the fabric meet and so your design will be centred on the fabric for sure. Make sure that  you have enough fabric for the design and at least 3 inches all round extra (more is better). Every Cross-Stitcher's nightmare is having stitched a design and then find that the fabric was cut too small and it does not fit! After all those hours stitching too.

Another important thing in Cross-Stitching is that the pattern should be photo copied and you stitch from the working copy so that you can mark the finished stitches and not lose your place. Personally I prefer to mark the ready stitched squares with a fine-tipped highlighting pen so that the designs or numbers still show. Some people mark with a dark pencil but then you cannot see the pattern square anymore and pencil tends to rub off on fingers etc. Leave the original pattern in a safe place.

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Ranked #2 in Arts & Crafts

Love to cross-stitch and your article explains how to begin a project very well.  Nice job and will have to come back with a vote.

Thank you Loredana for this post on stiching. Hoping for support.

These are some very good tips on Cross-Stitch. I figured out at some point a while back that copying the pattern was a good idea. I definitely would have saved myself some time by knowing this sooner. 

great article, I have done some great work myself but refrain it because of my mypoia, now.