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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tips for Cross Stitch Beginners

Cross stitching is great fun and really easy to learn. If you are a beginner, follow these tips and you will be cross stitching in no time.

To prepare fabric for cross stitching cut the fabric at least 3” larger than the finished design. This will leave room for matting and framing. Either whipstitch, use a machine to zigzag, or apply liquid ravel prevention to the edges of the fabric. This will prevent fraying of the fabric while you work.

Use a blunt tipped tapestry type needle. Do not use a regular sewing needle as it will pierce holes in the fabric and is not necessary due to the fact that cross stitch fabric has holes already. For fabric with 11 or fewer threads per inch use a size 24 needle, for 14 to 18 threads per inch use size 26. Also no not leave the needle in your work as it may rust or leave a permanent impression.

You will need a hoop or stretcher bar frame to keep your fabric tight and this will help you make stitches that are uniform. It is best if you can find a frame large enough to cover your entire design.

The graph has squares that contain a symbol that represents 1 stitch. Each symbol corresponds to a color of embroidery floss. Usually the floss is identified by name and number on a color code.

You will need to find the center of your fabric by folding it in half horizontally and then vertically. Then put your needle through the center of the fabric. Next you will need to find the center of your graph and then begin stitching from the center out to the edges.

Use about 18” of floss. This is a good length to work with. Separate all 6 strands and then combine them as per what your pattern calls for. If your floss begins to twist you should try to straighten it by suspending the needle and allowing it to unwind.

Hopefully these tips will help you get started cross stitching soon. Cross stitch is fun and also makes for great gifts.

Author: S. Armstrong

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Cross Stitch Needles

Tapestry needles are also called cross stitch needles. They are blunt-pointed so that they can pass between the threads. They also have a large eye to hold many threads of floss. They come in different thickness. You use different sized needles for various counts of fabrics. Needles for cross stitch are the smaller size - 24, 26, 28.

Over the time, especially after well used, needles will discolor and mark hands and fabric so do not leave the needle in your fabric. There are different qualities of nickel plating. It is considered that gold needles are the best as they will not discolor. However they are more expensive than nickel needles.

Different sizes below for aida and evenweave fabrics:

Needle size 18: 6 count aida fabric

Needle size 20: 8 count aida fabric

Needle size 22: 11 count aida fabric AND 22-25-27 count evenweave

Needle size 24: 14 count aida fabric AND 28 count evenweave

Needle size 26: 16 count aida fabric AND 32 count evenweave AND 22 count hardanger

Needle size 28: 18 count aida fabric AND 36-55 count evenweave

If you are not sure what size of needle to choose for your fabric here is a tip. The needle should be small enough to pass through the fabric easily but it should require a little pressure to push it through.

Tip: If you are stitching with French knots, use an embroidery needle. This is a sharp thin needle that will assist with securing the knots into the weave of the fabric. The embroidery needle also has a smaller eye than the tapestry needle.

I hope you found this information useful when choosing needles for your cross stitch projects.

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Adding Interest With Cross Stitch

Contrary to popular belief, cross stitching can be interesting. Cross stitching can also add interest to a room in several ways. One way is to repeat elements that are found in a detailed cross stitch pattern and place these elements throughout the room. Another way is to set up part of a room to look exactly like a pattern. Finally, a third way is to have a picture converted to a cross stitch pattern and then display both the picture and the finished cross stitched piece.

One way you can add interest to a room is by building upon a pattern that you like. Once you find a cross stitch pattern you like, take several smaller images found within the pattern and cross stitch each image as a separate piece. You have two options of how to treat these separate pieces. One option is to frame each piece and hang the frames around the original cross stitched pattern. For example, in a pattern that has several different flowers, each flower could be cross stitched and framed individually. The second option is use the separate pieces as accent pieces, such as pillow cushions, drawstring bags, or miniature wall hangings. For example, if the pattern has several phrases or sentences in it, each phrase or sentence could be cross stitched on its own pillow cushion and placed on chairs in the same room as the original design. Both options will make the room more interesting because people will want to look around to find where the smaller images have been placed. Make it a game and see who can correctly guess how many smaller images there are in the room!

A second way to add interest is to take your favourite design and repeat it in real life. For example, if the design has a white blanket draped over a wooden rocking chair, then choose a room and place a white blanket over a wooden rocking chair. Next, cross stitch this design, frame it and place it in the same room as the rocking chair and blanket. The design doesn't have to be complicated; it can be something as simple as a flower. When the design is simple, or small, just remember to place the finished cross stitch design beside the real life object. To add even more interest, repeat this idea for several small designs in the same room, or throughout the house. Have fun decorating!

A third way to add interest is to have a picture converted to a cross stitch pattern. There are several businesses that offer this service or you can buy software and create your own pattern. When you are finished cross stitching, frame the finished piece and hang it beside the actual picture. A good quality pattern will make the cross stitching look exactly like your picture. Plus, it's a simple way to get people talking!

I hope you have found these ideas interesting and helpful. Not only will they help to make a room more interesting, but they are also conversation starters.

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Friday, May 23, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Birdhouse Hot Plate 6"x6"

Clear plastic hot plate with a counted cross stitch pattern, 14 count white aida, tacky mounting board and stick-on cork backing all included.

Hot plates look like a fun project to work on. To buy this pattern follow this link:

Denim Child's Apron

This is a cute project for the small cook in your house. Follow this link to buy this project:
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Cross Stitch Pattern Making Software

If you are an avid cross stitcher then the chances are that at some stage you will probably want a pattern that you cannot find. In this case one way you can overcome the problem is by using cross stitch pattern making software to create your own pattern based on a picture that you have seen or even by drawing the pattern yourself. Unfortunately there are also disadvantages to cross stitch pattern making software and we will consider both the advantages and disadvantages in this article.

Cross Stitch Pattern Making Software Has Made Pattern Making Much Quicker and Easier

In the past cross stitch patterns were often made using pencils and graph paper. This was very time consuming and tedious work and one that I am sure not many people today would enjoy. Fortunately cross stitch pattern making software has speeded up the process making it possible to create your own cross stitch patterns a lot quicker and more easily.

Scanned Pictures May Require Some Adjustments

What I have noticed when using cross stitch pattern making software is that if you are scanning a picture into your computer then you will often need to make certain adjustments to the colors to get it just right. I also prefer to use less colors as I find it gets too complicated when using as many colors as the picture would commonly come out at. Although these adjustments can be more time consuming they are still nothing compared to having to draw it all out on graph paper.

Cross Stitch Pattern Making Software Allows You to Make Your Own Free Patterns

The greatest advantage of cross stitch pattern making software is the flexibility that it provides to create any pattern that you wish to create. You can use any picture or even draw out anything that comes into your mind and turn it into a cross stitch pattern and you do not need to be limited by the patterns that are available on the market.

Cross stitch pattern making software is a great tool for any avid cross stitcher and allows you to make a wide range of cross stitch patterns yourself. You may need to make some adjustments to the pattern or take a little extra time on it but in the end this is worth it.

This article was written by Mandy Buchanan. Mandy is a full-time freelance writer through Elance, as well as running her own websites including Moms Working at Home and Crafty Content

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Beauty From The Deep Stamped Kit

If you like stamped kits this is a fun one to do. Here is the link to buy this kit:

Evening Light.

Evening Light Picture Embellished Cross Stitch Kit. Image is printed in full color on 14-count white poly Aida cloth. Kit also includes color label, charted design and instructions, 100% cotton floss and needle. Finished size: 12 x 9

I've always liked working on this kind of project. Follow this link if you would like to buy this kit.:
Saturday, May 17, 2008


I think we all know someone that fits in the bah humbug category. Follow the link below if you would like to stitch this item:

Winnie the Pooh

POOH LOVES TO PLAY WITH FLOATING DANDALION SEEDS! Playful Pooh in soft watercolors has fun in the Hundred Acre Wood. This 6" x 6.5" Counted Cross Stitch design will make a great gift for anyone who keeps loveable Pooh close to their heart. An added feature: Floss is carded for easy indentification of colors. Designed by Debbie Minton for Designer Stitches. ©DISNEY Based on the "Winnie The Pooh" works by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard.

Each kit contains 14-count white 100% cotton Aida fabric, 6-strand carded cotton floss, needle, graph and instructions in English and French. Stitch Count: 72W x 81H. Size: 6" x 6.5" (15,2 x 16,5 cm).

I think this is a really cute item to stitch. If this is something your interested in follow this link:
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Celtic Cross Stitch

Making of knots is the primary reason as to why Celtic cross stitch designs have become so famous and renowned when Christmas is round the corner. Celtic knots are if not fashion then a way of life certainly and its importance is utmost at the time of Christmas and the preparations. Celtic knots have become a culture that we are indeed proud of. Knots could be simple and complex too but whichever way you make them their elegance is for all to see and admire.

· Santa Claus

Christmas celtic cross stitch patterns are designed keeping in mind the advent of Christmas and there are various sizes and patterns to choose from. Patterns range from being simple to articulate, you can buy a convoluted design of Santa Claus that showcases a classy and intricate pattern.

· Candles

It wouldn't be hard for Celtic knot fans to imagine that on Christmas your candle stand be decorated with Celtic motifs highlighted with dark blue surroundings? The use of golden metallic threads could infuse really attractive looks on a simple candle pattern or candle stand. I think you can imagine one right now.

· Christmas angels

Angels can be of different designs some standing alone whilst others in groups. The angel looks pretty alone and in-group too and can be bought in various sizes as desired leading up to a full wall sized figure. To sum up in short the bigger the size the better it looks as the intricate details with they are made shine like bright sunshine covering snow hilltop. Here I would like to add that if you are a first timer then small starting would be the way to build your angel.

· Lavender laces

Is there ever a British woman who hasn't fallen in love with lavenders? We have that fragrance in our bath soaps, our shampoos, deodorants, perfumes, room fresheners and ever more. So no surprise that we find something familiar in our embroidery designs. Wouldn't it look graceful if lavender were to adorn our napkins, curtain pallets etc.

· Wreaths

Wreaths are patterns that enrich our surroundings. It is easy to create a wreath of your likings. Patterns are mostly reflection of your mood, be happy and cheerful to make wreath that surprises you as well. Give it the season's best look.

· Alphabets

This represents the easiest option for starters. You can start by writing Marry Christmas in a traditional Christmas Celtic cross stitch method and you shall be amazed to see the end result. Try creating a design your initials or you favorite slogan. It will be simple yet stupendous idea. You can find help from chart generators to make alphabets as well, this will help you make own pattern in easier steps.

· Christmas trees

Take that extra effort to decorate and cover you green moss trees with tiny bells and other things. Taking little will ensure that your Christmas tree survives the full year and beyond.

· Fruits, vegetables and eating good patterns

More such patterns are there to decorate your eatable goods. From birthday cakes and pastries to special decorative patterns that lighten up your Christmas festivities. Your creativity shall know no end once you take to Celtic knots and patterns.

Discover the art of celtic cross stitch when you visit for more resources and free celtic cross stitch patterns. There are more tips, techniques, designs, patterns and project instructions to help you get started. Get on to the website now!

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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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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Materials and Preparation

Find out what cross stitch materials and preparation you need to get started stitching.


You should always cut the fabric you are going to stitch onto at least 8-10 cm larger than the finished size of the design, this will allow you to turn up a seam, or to mount your work or make it into a gift. If you are making a garment with a cross stitch design you should mark out the pattern of the garment onto the fabric before you start stitching to ensure you place it correctly. To prevent the fabric from fraying you can either turn over the edge and machine stitch it or bind it using tape. I find masking tape good for this job. You should always start stitching from the center of the fabric. Fold the fabric in half one way and then the other way to find the center point. Separate your threads - If you are working from a kit the thread for the project will likely be supplied. You should separate and mark the colours before you start to make sure you identify each colour correctly. A floss organizer is very handy for this job and you can pick one up for only a few dollars these days.


Very little equipment is actually needed for cross stitch. If you are working from a kit the fabric, needle and threads will most likely be supplied. You will need an embroidery hoop or frame to mount the fabric on. Take a look at the cross stitch materials information below:

Hoops and Frames

If you mount the cross stitch fabric on a hoop or frame your work will be easier to handle and stitches will be kept flat and smooth. You should choose a frame that accommodates the whole design so you don't have to fold or bend the fabric.

If you bind the outer ring of an embroidery hoop with white bias tape it will prevent it from marking the fabric and prevent slipping.


You should stitch your design using a tapestry needle which has a large eye and a blunt end to prevent damage to the fabric. Choose a size of needles that slides easily through the holes of the fabric without distorting or enlarging them.


A sharp pair of embroidery or sewing sissors will make you floss cuts neat and tidy.


A thimble will help stop your finger hurting.


Cross stitch designs are worked with floss thread. These come in many colours and clever use of colour creates wonderful cross stitch pieces.


The Majority of cross stitch is worked on Aida fabric which comes in several sizes. The most popular size is 14 count which means there are 14 threads to 1 inch.

Laura Anne Grey has been a cross stitcher and enthusiast for over ten years. She owns a craft business in South Wales and is an expert in her field. Find more information on Cross Stitch at

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Samplers to Heirlooms

Stamped Cross Stitch

Stamped cross stitch uses the basic “x” stitch to form a picture or large lettering, but the image of the “x” is already stamped onto the fabric. The needle is inserted at the top of one side of the “x” from the bottom of the fabric and then brought diagonally to the bottom of that side of the “x.” To finish a stitch, the needle is then brought up from underneath the fabric and reinserted across the first half of the “x” now forming the completed cross stitch.

You can do an entire row of cross stitches by going from top to bottom on one side and then going back over the row in the other direction. The important part to remember is to keep the underneath stitches all going in the same direction and the top stitches all the other way. This makes the finished image have the same knap and allow it look as if it were painted.

Counted Cross Stitch

Counted cross stitch works the same way, only the image is not printed on the fabric. Instead, symbols on a pattern tell you what color thread, called floss in cross stitching lingo, to use and for how many stitches. You then count from there how many stitches to use for the next color on your pattern.

The best way to start a counted cross stitch is to find the center of the image on your pattern and the center on your fabric and start from there. Patterns are printed on grids and cross stitch fabric looks like a grid, so it is easy to match the squares you’ll use to form the “x”es from the pattern to the fabric.

Cross Stitch Fabric & Materials

The fabric used for cross stitch has a number assigned to it that tells you how many little squares there are per inch. The higher the number, the smaller the finished image will be. For example, ADIA 14 fabric, which is the most common size, has 14 squares per inch. A fabric with 11 count will produce a larger image and is easier for beginners. Fabric with 21 count is very tiny. You pattern will tell you how big the finished image will be based on what size fabric you use. This is how you will know how big you need to cut your fabric.

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Friday, May 2, 2008

Some interesting facts

What exactly is cross stitch embroidery : Cross-stitch is one of the oldest forms of embroidery and is famous amongst enthusiasts across the world. Many folk museums show examples of clothing decorated with cross-stitch, especially from continental Europe and Asia. Cross-stitch is a popular form of counted-thread embroidery in which X-shaped stitches are used to form a picture.

There are two different stitching techniques commonly used in Cross Stitch Embroidery.

The first, the "stab" method, is used by most beginning stitchers. The stab method involves moving the hand back and forth from the front of the fabric to the back of the fabric. The needle is "stabbed" into the front of the fabric, left there, and then pulled through from the other side. The second, the "Sewing" method is a favourite of stitchers who prefer to hold the fabric in the hand instead of hoop.

Each stitch technique has unique characteristics. The stab method is effective when using a hoop or frame. The stab method of stitching does not distort the fabric. It is easy to make certain that the stitch is placed properly. In the sewing method, the stitcher's hand and needle stay on top of the fabric, except when securing floss. The needle scoops under the weave of the fabric. Since this requires practice, the sewing method is not the best for beginners. It is more difficult to ensure stitch placement, and the fabric can be distorted by the scooping motion. For more experienced stitchers, this sewing technique is preferred for some projects because a hoop is not required and the speed is considerably faster.

Some forms of Cross Stitch :
Here we introduce you to some of the common and famous forms of cross stitch : Counted cross-stitch is unique since this involves actual counting of each of the stitches. Cross-stitch is done on designs printed on the canvas, showing every single cross (stamped cross-stitch)."

Two-dimensional (unshaded) cross-stitch in floral and geometric patterns, usually worked in black and red cotton floss on linen, is characteristic of folk embroidery in Eastern and Central Europe.

Multicoloured, shaded, painting-like patterns as we know them today are a recent development, deriving from similar shaded patterns of Berlin wool work of the mid-nineteenth century

Cross-stitch is the most popular form of hobby embroidery in the western world. It lends itself well to recreational use, as it is easy to learn and very versatile.

In the United States, the earliest known cross-stitch sampler is currently housed at Pilgrim Hall in Plymouth, Massachusetts (Pilgrim Hall).The sampler was created by Loara Standish, the daughter of Captain Myles Standish, circa 1653.

Traditionally, cross-stitch was used to embellish items like dishcloths, household linens, and doilies (only a small portion of which would actually be embroidered). Although there are many cross-stitchers who still employ it in this fashion, especially in Europe, it is now more popular to simply embroider plain pieces of canvas and hang them on the wall for decoration. There are many cross-stitching "guilds" across the United States and Europe which offer classes, collaborate on large projects, stitch for charity, and provide other ways for local cross-stitchers to get to know one another.

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