Embroidery: How to Cross Stitch?

Although cross-stitching is not a difficult activity, not many seamstresses can be proud of a successful start in this hobby. Usually, a bad experience is caused by a lack of knowledge or incorrect information from other embroiderers. To avoid bad start in embroidery, we share the basic tips that will help to avoid the most common mistakes in embroidery, and your finished works will be flawless.

Make Sure the Tools Fit Together

Before you start your first work of embroidery, make sure that the density of the fabric, the size of the needle, and the use of the number of threads shown in the diagram are compatible. If you use a needle that is too small for the specified fabric, it will easily pass through the fabric, but more friction will be on the embroidery thread. In this case, the thread may lose its original beauty, it will rot. If you use too large needle for the specified fabric, it can make big holes in the fabric that can be seen even after embroidering the entire image. If you use too many threads for the specified fabric, the crosses will be compressed, ugly, and the thread will lose its original beauty. If you use too few threads, the embroidered work will look poor quality, dull, and the fabric will glow through the embroidered threads.

Forget the Knots

The technique of cross stitch is unique because it does not use knots at the beginning and end of the thread. Therefore, the works are beautiful, and the framed painting is smooth and has no visible bumps. Starting the thread can be used thread loop, sewing the end of the thread, or make micro-knots. At the end of the thread, it can be fastened by clamping behind already embroidered threads or by making micro-knots again.

Make the Same Crosses

One of the most common mistakes of the beginners are uneven crosses. No matter how you embroider, in rows or colors, most importantly, all the crosses must be the same and lie on the same side. If you started embroidering the cross from the top right to the bottom left and finished from the top left to the bottom right, you should embroider all the crosses in this sequence and do not change this chosen direction until you finish the work.

The Direction of the Half Crosses

One of the most common dilemmas for beginners is “Which way to embroider a half cross if it is not shown in the diagram?” In this case, think about the purpose of embroidering a half cross. If the half crosses in the picture soften the color of the thread and the transition from full crosses, then embroider in the direction you are embroidering the top stitch of the cross. If the half cross used in the scheme creates a contrast between the object to be embroidered and the background, then embroider the half cross as you embroider the bottom stitch of a full cross.

The Direction of the Half Crosses
The Direction of the Half Crosses