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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Cross Stitch a Lucky Charm

If you love to cross stitch, and you love St. Patrick's' Day, or you just love the color green, then try this.

One heart shaped cookie cutter

One Potato cut in half.

Aida cloth, or your preferred cross stitch fabric

Lots of green cross stitch threads

Green ink pad or acrylic paint. (make sure the surface of the potato is dry)

Press the heart shaped cookie cutter into the potato half, and then cut away the rest of the potato, leaving yourself a heart shaped stamp.

Dip your potato stamp onto a green stamp pad or a light layer of acrylic paint, and stamp it onto your cloth three times forming a clover with the narrow part of the heart at the center. Start with the first one at the top of the clover and the other two on each side of it. so that their narrow ends meet in the center.

You now have a three leaf clover. Now draw the stem and let dry. Cross Stitch your clover in the green of your choice, and you now have a "lucky charm".

You can incorporate this into any type of picture, you could do a collage of them, or you can do a single one. Hang it in your kitchen for "good luck".

If you have never done cross stitch, now is a good time to learn. Counted cross stitch is easy to learn, and fun, you can get some great videos that show you hands on. Then start creating your own lucky charm. learn to cross stitch with the free video, counted cross stitch is the easiest to learn, and you will be a pro in no time at all. Aricle and website by Diane Palmer, who has been in the crafts business for over 15 years..

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Cross Stitch - Working With The Needle


Working with a needle requires both skill and patience. If you know how to make cross stitch with needle and thread you will surely know that the when completed the picture look very beautiful. You must be wondering what cross stitch is about? Well let me walk you through some of the facts and figures of cross stitch.

Cross stitch is a traditional type of embroidery that can be adapted to either simple or complex designs. With the help of a needle and skeins of thread small cross stitches are made on the cross stitch fabric. Initially cross stitch were used to decorate the house linen, as pictures on the walls and to put on clothes for decoration. Even today cross stitch is used for decoration purposes but now the patterns have changed from the traditional to the innovative and stylish.

Know it better

You can take cross stitch up as a hobby. Even children can do cross stitch to show their creativity and utilize their time resourcefully. You can begin with the starters’ kit and gradually go up to a more professional looking picture or portrait. Learning cross stitch is not difficult and just about anyone can do it.

Care and maintenance

When working with cross stitch patters and samplers or as a matter of facts any kind of cross stitch one must keep in mind some important instruction regarding the material and the way to start working.

Firstly, choosing a pattern can be a tough job. There are so many in the market that you will easily get confused. Select one that suits your requirement matching with the place or décor you intend to use it. While removing the thread from the skein pull lightly to avoid getting the thread all tangled. Start with darker color and do the light one at last, this will ensure the pattern does not look dirty when completed.

Use a sharp scissors to cut the ends of the thread. This way the stitch will be neat and strong even on the reverse side and always keep a separate succors in the cross stitch box.

Before you get the cross stitch farmed make sure you’ve got it washed or dry cleaned so that the picture is clean and clearly viable when framed.

You can easily show your own creativity with cross stitch by using the cross stitch pattern design software’s available in the market.

Alan MacLachlan is an professional author written various articles this time he is writting article at

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

DMC Fabric

I always find that I like to have some Fabric on hand so when I find a project that I really want to stitch. Follow this link to find this fabric.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Link Market

Link Market - Free Link Exchange, Link Swap and Link Trade Directory
Have you ever tried to exchange links, swap links, or trade links? Was it hard? Use link market instead; - it is easy to use, free and very smart. It will save you hours of work.
Friday, April 11, 2008

Cross Stitch Accessories

These magnetic chart holders I think are a god send. You can keep track of where you are with out knocking something off of the pattern. Lets you keep your hands on the project that your working on without putting it down every time you want to take a look. Follow the link below to take a look at one.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Scenic Farm

I don't know about anyone else but I've always loved farm scenes. Seems like they are becoming more few and far between. If you like cross stitching this type of scend follow the link below to get this scene.
Friday, April 4, 2008

Little House Needleworks

I love the patterns that this company has. To see the pattern that I've shown here as well as other patterns in this series follow the link to that page:


go to this page to find this afgan. I think it's great and looks very springy.

The Web Stitch

The Web Stitch is a member of the Cross Stitch family. All stitches in the cross stitch family will, at some point, cross within the stitch. The Web Stitch is no exception. This needlepoint stitch, although time-consuming, is easy to work. The Web Stitch is closely woven, making it virtually snag proof. Because of this, it makes an excellent background and filling stitch. It is imperative that this stitch be worked on double canvas (Penelope canvas) only. The reason for this is explained in the details of the stitch.

The Web Stitch consists of diagonal stitches and tying stitches. The diagonal stitch is worked first. The tying stitch is then worked, crossing over the diagonal stitch, thus securing the diagonal stitch in place. The first diagonal stitch will cover only one canvas intersection. This diagonal stitch will not need a tying stitch. The second diagonal stitch will cover two canvas intersections. The tying stitch will cross this diagonal stitch at a right angle and be worked into the “double threads”. This is why it is important that this stitch be worked on double (Penelope) canvas. As the rows are worked the diagonal stitch will become progressively longer. The tying stitches will be worked at each canvas intersection, thus creating the tightly woven look.

Because of the “trammed” nature of this stitch, there is no limit to the length of the diagonal stitch. There are, however, a few negative aspects to the Web Stitch. The Web Stitch has no padding and, therefore, does not wear well over time. If the area you are filling with this stitch is not a square or rectangle shape, it will be necessary to carefully count the threads of the diagonal stitches to be sure that they work out evenly.

For a more interesting look, try using different color yarns/threads for the tying stitches. Do not be afraid to experiment with this stitch. The results may surprise you!

Detailed instructions and printable diagrams of the Web Stitch may be found at

Carolyn McNeil, creator of

…an encyclopedia of needlepoint stitches...

Stitchopedia is an instructional site with step-by-step instructions and diagrams of each needlepoint stitch. Visit us for easy to follow demonstrations on the many needlepoint stitches available: Web Stitch, Cross Stitch, Bargello, Brighton, Basketweave and many, many more…

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