So today I’m posting what I was going to write about last Monday but as you know uni work got in the way. Super sorry its taken me so long to post. Anyway this post is a little into to cross stitching, explaining how easy it can be and some hints and tips on how to get started. 🙂
First of all forget all you think if you think cross stitching is hard, that can’t be further from the truth. Cross stitching is super easy, you just need to start off with small, easy projects before moving on to bigger and more complicated stitches. Having said that I did go slightly wrong on my second cross stitch project but thats what you get when you don’t read the instructions properly. xD Its basically just counting and coping a pattern in different colours to make something beautiful. I for one love cross stitching and I also find it relaxing. Its great if I’ve had a stressful day, I just put on some music or TV, grab my cross stitch and just zone out and forget all my problems. 🙂
The best thing to set you off and get you started is to go to a craft shop such as Hobbycraft and buy a mini cross stitch kit. They are ever so easy to follow and come with everything you need to complete it: Aida fabric, embroidery threads, needle and full charted instructions. The picture below is an example of such and is my first two cross stitches ever. I thought it would be nice to frame them and have them on display in my room. 🙂
Now if you want to start a project thats not from a kit but from a magazine instead then here are some tips that you may need for must have items. There are two types of fabric you can stitch onto: Aida or Evenweave. For beginners Aida is probably the best due to the fact it has obvious holes and regular woven blocks, 14 count is the most common. It does have some draw backs in the fact it is stiffer than Evenweave and that fractional stitches are harder to do as there is no centre hole. The material will soften the more you work it and fractionals are possibly but a sharper needle, like an embroidery needle, may be needed to get through the material. Evenweave is for more experienced stitches as there are no woven blocks, making it softer and an easier fabric to stitch in the fractionals due to there being a hole in the centre. The most common Evenweave used is 28 count. The count of the Aida or Evenweave is to do with the size of the weave and the number of stitches per inch so the bigger the number the bigger the weave of fabric. E.g for 14 count Aida you get 14 stitches per inch and the weave is finer than an 11 count Aida.
You have the background material now you need the threads or standard cotton. Its normally 8m long, made up of six strands, in a variety of colours. How many strands you will needed in your needle is normally indicated in key or instructions of the project. With a 14 count Aida, two strands are used for the main cross stitching and one strand is used for the back stitching. There are three main brands: DMC, Anchor and Maderia, these are easy to stitch with and look really pretty but cheaper brands are available. But you do run the risk of not having such a crisp finish. My fav brand is DMC as it seems to be sold anywhere so I can always stock up even if I don’t have a project going on. xD
Choosing an needle is just as important as choosing the material believe it or not. A tapestry needle is the best for cross stitching as its blunt and passes through the material easily. There are different needle sizes for your material, depending on the count size of your Aida or Evenweave. The smaller the count of the Aida or Evenweave the bigger the needle e.g. for 14 count Aida you will need a size 24 needle.
Now don’t be discouraged if you go wrong or it doesn’t look like the end result, it can easily be unpicked and cross stitching does take time before it starts to come together. It sometimes isn’t till you start adding in the outlines with the backstitch that it starts to come to life and have depth so do have patience. 🙂
Thank you for reading and sorry again it took me so long to post this. Happy stitching 🙂
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