How to Do Things - Cross Stitch 101
Hello everyone I want to share a series of How to do things. A series of posts.
I will be starting with different sewing and stitching techniques. I was fortunate to have a mother who taught me basic sewing skills. And a grandmother who taught me quilting. But I was very interested and practiced until I improved. I have found great joy in stitching, cross stitching and quilting over the years
Basic sewing is not difficult, and I wanted to offer you resources to assist you in hand sewing, stitching and cross stitching.
Always learning and always growing your skills and technique is wonderful. You will find that you enjoy things because you know how to do them. Cross stitching is popular because it can be done anywhere. While others are playing sports, watching tv, visiting and more you can sit there and stitch.
In my Etsy shop I sell quite a few cross stitch patterns. They are fun and fairly quick to stitch so you can start your next one as soon as one is done!
First you will need to pick up or order some supplies. Cross Stitch fabric (Aida 14 ct is a good choice to start with), cross stitch needle size 24 or 26, embroidery thread, pattern or kit of your choice.
Let's begin -
Take your embroidery thread and cut an 18" long piece. Embroidery thread is made up of 6 ply strands(6 single threads wrapped into a 6 strand). Pull out one strand of the 6 strands. Thread the needle and knot the bottom(this means when you are stitching you are stitching with 2 threads). There is another technique for threading the needle I will show you in a bit.
The second way to thread your needle and begin stitching is to take your 18" long thread. Take the 2 ends and thread the needle. Pull the thread through 2" or so. This means you will have a loop at the bottom end of your thread.
Come up through your fabric where you plan on beginning to stitch, go back down and as you pull your thread through, make sure to pull it through the thread loop. Pull till the loop catches. This finishes the thread on the back without knotting the thread. It also makes for a clean and neat finish on the back of the fabric.
I know it will bring joy.And yes I have ruined projects.Sewn through my fingers and had to go to the emergency room!And yes I've thrown things away that were just ugly after I made them!