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Starting And Finishing A Cross Stitch Pattern
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Ensuring your cross stitch design is neat from start to finish will make for a more professional end result. The following information aims to provide useful tips and techniques that will help you to achieve a perfect start and a perfect finish to your cross stitch project.

Starting To Stitch

  1. Cut your threads no longer than 12 - 18 inches (30.5 - 46 cm).
  2. When using stranded cotton (also known as floss), you should always separate and untwist all six strands before selecting the number of strands required. The amount needed will depend on the fabric used. This method will ensure that the threads lie flatter and give greater coverage.
  3. Never use a knot to begin stitching. This is because knots can pull through the cloth and will give a bumpy finish which will spoil the appearance of your work.
  4. To begin stitching on previously unworked or blank fabric, bring the needle up through the fabric leaving about 1 inch (2.5 cm) of thread at the back. Holding this thread in place, work three or four stitches until the trailing thread is caught and secured.
  5. To begin a new thread on fabric which has been previously stitched, simply run the needle through the loops of three or four stitches at the back of the work near to where you wish to begin stitching. Bring the needle up at the requred place and begin stitching.
  6. be careful not to pull stitches too tightly. They should sit evenly on the fabric. note that tension is just as important in cross stitch as it is in knitting.
  7. Make sure that all top stitches in your cross stitch design are stitched in the same direction to sure a smooth and even finish.
  8. Remember to release or drop your needle every four or five stitches - let it dangle from your fabric. This will remove any twists out of the thread and avoid tangles.

There are a variety of techniques used for starting off stitching your cross stitch project. These include the loop starting method, which can be used when you are using an even number of strands of thread in the needle, as well as the knotless start method, which can be used when you are using an uneven numbers of strands of thread in the needle.

Finishing Stitching

The method for finishing or securing a thread is much the same as starting to stitch.

  1. Make sure you leave enough thread to finish and secure it under the existing stitches.
  2. Take your needle through to the back of the work.
  3. Run the needle throught the back loop of three or four completed stitches.
  4. Snip off the thread close to the stitching, being careful not to cut or damage any of the existing cross stitches.

Taking the time and effort to learn the correct ways to start and finish cross stitch will ensure your creations have the expert touch.


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