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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Counted cross stitch supplies

Counted cross stitch supplies and a little knowledge is all you need to learn how to cross stitch. This article will explain about the various supplies and then explain how to get started.Counted cross stitch is about stitching on a fabric that is much like a grid. For the most part you make an X over the grid just like on graph paper, hence the name "Cross Stitch." The counting comes in when you read a pattern or chart. You begin in the center of your pattern and in the center of your fabric and count up or down on the grid to know where to place your stitch. Below you will find detailed information about all the supplies needed for cross stitching and how to do it.Choosing Cross Stitch Fabric:Cross stitch fabric comes in many different colors and fabric counts. The higher the count, the smaller the finished design will be.14 count aida cloth is one of the most popular cross stitch fabrics and is excellent for beginners. Aida is the fabric type and 14 refers to the count or the number of squares per inch.Preparing the Fabric:Before cutting the fabric, add at least six inches to the design size to allow room for framing and finishing. Keep the edges from fraying by zigzagging around the edges or using a fray preventative.DMC Floss:Embroidery floss is available in different colors and brands. Each color is identified by a number that varies by brand. If your pattern calls for a brand of floss not available in your area, conversion charts, which give the closest color substitution in another brand, are available on the internet. Strands of Thread:Embroidery floss consists of six strands of thread twisted together. The number of strands you will use depends on the count of your fabric. Most charts tell you how many strands to use for the best coverage. After cutting a length of floss, separate the strands, and then realign the correct number of strands before threading the needle.Cross Stitch Needles:Cross stitch is worked with tapestry needles. The blunt tips allow the needles to slip easily through the holes in the fabric, and the large eyes make it easier to thread several strands of floss. Look for tapestry needles in size 24 or 26. (The larger the number, the thinner the needle.)Cross Stitch Hoops:Cross stitch can be worked with or without a hoop. Using a hoop helps keep the fabric taut, making it easier to put the needle in the fabric holes and crating neater stitches. Hoops come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are made from many different materials. Some stitchers prefer simply holding the fabric. Choose the option that is most comfortable for you.Cross Stitch Charts:Each design has a chart with a grid similar to graph paper. Each square on the chart represents a square on the fabric. A stitch is worked on the fabric for each symbol shown on the chart. The symbols in the chart correspond to the color key, which indicates the floss color for each stitch.Arrows:Most charts have arrows to help you locate the center of the design so you can center it on the fabric.Color Keys:Color keys indicate the floss color and type of stitch used.Design Information:The design information specifies the stitch count, color, and type of fabric used for the photography model, as well as the number of floss strands used. Don't for get to add 6 inches for working your design.Where to Start Stitching?Now that you know about the cross stitch supplies you may be asking, where do I start cross stitching?Cut the fabric using the measurements in the design for that count aida cloth. Then prepare the fabric.Use the arrows on the chart to find the center of the design. Locate the center of your fabric by folding it in half, left to right and again bottom to top. To find your starting point, count the number of squares (stitches) from the center of the chart to the uppermost left full cross stitch. Then, from the fabric's center, find this same starting point by counting out the same number of squares (stitches).Thread your needle with the number and color of strands indicated by your chart. Don't tie a knot in the end of your floss because it will make your finished piece have lumps underneath. Instead, bring the needle up through the hole at the top right of your square on your fabric. Pull the floss through the hole, but leave a 1" tail on the back. With your finger, hold the tail against the back of the fabric. This tail will be held in place under the first few stitches you work. End your floss by running under several stitches on the back.Carrie Gibson is an avid crafter and has been enjoying counted cross stitch for for more than 30 years. If you would like to try your hand at this, you can find all these counted cross stitch supplies online. This site also has patterns and books to teach you more techniques by various designers. They even have counted cross stitch kits to get your started.Article Source: Source:
Friday, August 17, 2012

Counted Cross Stitch Fabrics

Cross stitch kits are very convenient to use as they include all the elements required to complete the project. These are so useful for people who enjoy stitching but no time to purchase the individual threads,fabric and chart or for the beginner.
The beauty of cross stitching is, it is so versatile and once you have gained some experience and want to be more creative and independent you can be.
Whether you are using left over fabric or purchasing new fabric it is important to have the correct fabric count for the effect you want to create. The size of the design is dictated by the fabric count.
The fabric used for cross stitch is either cotton or linen which have an evenweave. This means they have the same number of weft (horizontal) threads as there are warp (vertical) threads to 1 inch or 2.5 centimetres. The most popular fabric is cotton as this is cheaper but it is personal preference. The count you use should not strain your eyes, there are plenty of magnifying glasses on the market to assist with the smaller count fabrics.
The weave of this cotton fabric is a block of threads between each hole the cross stitch is worked over one block. This is probably the most popular fabric and is widely available it has several counts, 11,14,16 and 18. Fourteen count is the most popular. The problem with this fabric is if a design includes a large amount of three quarter stitches it becomes difficult to stitch. There is no hole for the quarter stitch so it means piercing the centre of the block on the fabric with the needle.
Evenweave Linen
This is much more expensive than aida it is woven with single threads much easier to handle and long lasting. It has varied thread counts. It can be worked over one thread which will produce a very fine small design or over two threads which will produce a larger design. This is a perfect fabric for stitching a design over two threads which includes three quarter stitches the hole is there already.
If you have a design to stitch and the chart states 14 count aida this can be substituted with 28 count evenweave stitched over two threads. The finished project would still be the same size but would look finer because of the fabric used.
Jean Leeming is a keen cross stitch enthusiast. She writes articles on all aspects of Cross Stitch and also runs a website: Needlework Magic where she sells a wide range of Cross Stitch Kits which are very competitively priced.
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Saturday, August 11, 2012

I'm making a come back

Hi everyone,

I have taken a couple years off from posting to this blog.  I will be posting here again starting soon.  Sorry for such a long pause.  Please come back to see me and some new posts.