Cross stitch embroidery

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Cross Stitch is a type of thread count embroidery. Done to clothes, pillows, cloths, and
just as Art for hanging on a wall or for a gift.
Stitches made in an X shape are layered near,
next or over each other to make pictures. Cross Stitch is often made on a
material name Aida. The person doing the stitching will count threads in the
directions so they are the same look / size. This type of stitching is also
referred to as counted cross stitch embroidery.
A lot of the time the embroidery is done by cross stitching over a picture or
pattern that was made on the fabric. You just stitch your embroidery right over
Cross Stitch embroidery is done all over the entire world. This type of cross
stitching is, if not, one of the oldest. Specially in Europe. It was called 2d
unshaded cross stitch. Usually done in common shapes or flowers. Done in red
and black.

In the U.S. the first person known to be a cross stitcher was Loara Standish.
Her work can be seen in Plymouth MA at the Pilgram Hall.
She stitched using the Leviathan technique.
Leviathan stitch is usually multiple colors, multi shaped, and multi shaded.
Back in the good ole days, cross stitch embroidery was used to add flair to
linens, doilies, clothes, etc. The fashion of stitching the outlining clothes
borders has come in and out. But the practice of embroidery will never go
away. If you are interested in learning, it should not be hard to find a group
willing to help out. After all, you are already on the internet reading this!

The thread to cross stitch is usually called “Floss”. The Floss is usually made from 6 threads of a cotton. But that doesn’t mean its only cotton.
Sometimes special cottons are used like pearl. Also rayon, silk, wool, and hemp.
The attraction to cotton is the ability to dye it. You can do so yourself. Even giving separate threads their own color. Try it once and you may not believe what the out come of your cross stitch embroidery is.

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We often come across a cross stitch masterpiece at a friend’s place or some relative’s house and marvel at it. Cross stitch embroidery is nothing but the needlework art of making a series of “X’s” and following a design. Discussed further are the basics of cross stitch embroidery.
Why go for cross stitching?
Cross stitching unlike other pastimes is not very expensive and most importantly at the end of it you create a design or a masterpiece that you can have to keep it. Beginner’s kit is inexpensive and even freshers can create beautiful designs. One can create cross stitch work even while watching T. V as this is a portable hobby. Besides cross stitch works are a good choice when you have to gift it to your children or friends. This hobby can be pursued in weather conditions like snow or winter which forbade going out or playing outdoor games.
Do’s & Don’ts while cross stitching
For beginners it is advisable to buy a cross stitch kit. This kit contains a instruction manual, a cross stitch chart, stranded cotton thread and a fabric to stitch on. The instructions are easy to follow and help to create the stitch as per the illustrated design. Fabric cloth is usually Aida as it is easier to start on such a cloth which has strands bunched together to form squares which helps the beginner to easily decide where to place the needle. If you are just beginning to learn cross stitch embroidery, you can start with simple designs and less colour changes.
Read the instructions thoroughly before starting the design. Iron the cloth that you are using if it has creases. Next find the center of the cloth by folding it half vertically and then horizontally. One can also use the embroidery hoop to ease the needlework. Also ascertain that the color of threads do not fade out. If so, then dowse them in cold water and same quantity of vinegar, now remove the excess fluid and hang the thread to dry. It is always better to opt for colorfast threads. Usually a tapestry needle is used which has a large eye and blunt point.
How to cross stitch?
The most basic way to start a cross stitch is by stitching a line of half crosses or the slanting lines (///) and then work back to complete the cross with the other half lines (\\\). Alternately you can also complete one cross and then go for other. However it is important to maintain consistency in the design.

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Cross stitching and embroidery how to guide!
A lot of individuals, both females and males, find cross stitching and embroidery pretty much easy to accomplish
even as a newbie, but it helps a lot to get a few insider suggestions to help when you first start. Here’s and outline of the wording and cross stitch skills you will come across.

Cross stitch Embroidery design kits.
A kit is a package that has all the stuff you would need to make the shown design pattern.
It holds the colored fabric and floss, needle & the cross stitch pattern chart.
It should also contain basic instructions for that paticular embroidery design patter.

Cross stitch pattern chart.
A pattern chart is a pictured diagram description of how to complete your pattern kit. (like + and #)

The colored fabric.
The fabrics are created in an exact pattern which makes it simple to move the needles through the fabric, to get even
stitching and to count all of the squares. You normally do stitching over 1 square.
Eleven count aida translates to there being eleven squares in every inch of fabric and the same with 18 and so on. The
count of the fabric will then determine the finished dimensions of the end design.
The lower the count, the higher the cross stitches
and its harder to cross stitch in higher fabric count, that is, 18 is harder than 11. The most popular most oftenly used are 16 to 14.

Fabric that is evenweave.
Evenweaves any style. Whether it is cotton, blends, linen, or totally synthetic, woven with a hole between each thread for stitching. Unlike previously you were stitching over 1, now, with evenweave, you will stitch 2 over. However Evenweave threads comes in counts, of which 24, 28 and 32 are the most common.

Also known as stranded cotton thread, is made of six dividable strands so they may change your stitching end results
pending on the amount of strands that were used.
Best used for long, cross, short and satin stitches.
Most cross stitching embroidery is done with a couple strands and the design pattern states whether the stitches are to
be done with one or more than two strands of floss.

Washing your cross stitch embroidery designs is ok but only when REALLY needed. Obviously use the delicate cycle and
an extremely gentle detergent. You can lightly iron on a towel (not white as it may stain) to dry it.

Organize with the included Thread Card.
Most kits for cross stitching embroidery include a thread card. The different cottons should be sorted on that card.
If this has not been done yet, do this by starting with the hole and dont forget to label all of the different threads and

Cross stitching uses a tapestry needle. It has a big eye and a blunt point.
An example would be to use a 24 needle with 14 count aida fabric.

Embroidery frame.
Hoops are used to hold the cross stitch fabric while you’re stitching.
Some stitchers like to hold it in their hands as they stitch.
But if you choose this way, you have to keep the fabric taut.
You may feel as if holes are coming open or getting a ripple in the fabric.
When this happens use the hoop frame. This way the needle will come right up from the back
and then straight back down which means that you will move one hand from the front to the back to pull the needle

through & then the opposite.
If you own an embroidery stand, you could stitch with 1 hand on top of the fabric and the other underneath. This way you do not have to move a hand from front to back and such.

Getting ready to starting your pattern design.
Please read over the pattern design instructions at the very beginning. Stitch over the edges by hand first, or by zigzag
stitch on a machine to keep the fabric ends from frays. This is not required, just a good idea. Specialty scissors are also
often used to make that edge.
If there are wrinkles, softly iron it out. Find the middle of it by folding one way and then the other.
It is not mandatory, but a good idea for newbies to start from the middle of the cross stitch embroidery pattern design.
Cross off the areas that you have finished on your chart so you can track the patterns section you have finished already.

The different Stitches you will come across.
The Cross stitch. Back Stitch. Quarter Cross Stitch, and French knots.

A cross stitch is done by stitching a line of 1/2 crosses 1st & then go back on the same line adding
top stitches. Take the needle through the bottom left of the corner in the square & put it in diagonally at top right.

A second style is to complete each stitch as your stitching.
Best for when embroidering the cross stitch vertical rows of the design pattern.
Work from the lower left to upper right first, this is extremely important.
This way all the top ones will keep the same directional angles, which will maintain a perfect flow to your final designed pattern.

A 1/4 cross stitch takes up only a quarter of span of a full cross stitch. Split the middle threads of your fabric with the needle.

To do French knots you will bring your needle through where the knot is required and twist the thread round the needle two times.
Turning the needle back into the fabric, right near, but not exactly on to where you bought it through, then pull the needle on through the fabric while keeping the floss really tight.

Back stitch is a stitch used to outline part of the embroidery part of the cross stitch design pattern.
It adds definition and also used for creating letters. This stitching is usually done with one strand of floss after the embroidery’s stitching has been completed.

Cross Stitch Tips.
Make sure you have very clean hands before you start your cross stitch embroidery.

Restart rather than carrying floss across spaces where there aren’t any cross stitches. Because this will show in your end results of your patten when completed.

Drop the needle when you are under the hoop every so often to keep the threads straight.

Instead of using knots, bring the needle from the back leaving a small amount which will be secured by the next
several stitches. Then, run it along about 6 of the stitches on the back of the embroidery.

When you are not stitching, take out the needle so it doesn’t leave an imprint in a stich.
Good Luck embroidering!

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Guys and cross stitching

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Guys and cross stitching

Cross stitch and embroidery isn’t just an activity for females. Lots of guys like to get out those needles and floss to cross stitch designs that they appreciate. For most guys who cross stitch, it’s about making something unique and fun or having a unique interest within the style or subject matter and of course Cross Stitch is greatly therapeutic de-stressing.
For some it is just not macho to call it art.. guys don’t make up a big part of cross stitchers, they most do exist all over the worldt. Yet, several wonder about guys who like to cross stitch, and it brings up questions:

Are guys than gals at Cross Stitch Embroidery?
The basic answer to this query is that obviously guys aren’t any better than gals, just as gals are no than guys either. Cross stitching skill, and any individual who cross stitches is only as skilled as they permit themselves to be by practicing their stitching. Stitch and stitch and practicing make a individual a much better cross-stitcher, not their sexual category.

Are there guys that design patterns?
, OF COURSE you will find guy pattern design makers and stitchers . Cross-stitch pattern designs are a skill form and not kept for the feminine sexuality. There are lots of guys in designing their personal cross stitch . For those a direct offshoot of their style.
Guys are in making designs and delivering you awesome cross stitch designs. Some cross stitch pattern makers are also in the fashion industry and use their floss thread designs attire that they are producing.

Which design patterns are enjoyed by guys?
have a tendency to manlier designs than gals of course. Men might not be as open to a girl stitching a teddy bear design on a blanket.
guys are attracted towards the patterns they like in their normal life. If he likes basketball, football, hockey, or other sports activities, he probably will a design pattern kit that represents his activities. If guy is into fishing he would probably love a large mouth bass design to stitch, right? You will find even some game enthusiasts cross stitched their jersey numbers..
Other guys do cross stitch designs on their apparel, as well. Perhaps they are selecting a design to gift to another guy, then you think about what they may like and stitch a pattern with their passions.

How Do Guys Start Their New Cross Stitch Hobby?
It really depends on the different men that you are talking about. Some get engaged they really like embroiders. A young man have wanted what his grandma was . Men might assist their wives in finishing a design pattern only to he actuall enjoyed it. Other men to do when bored, and a hobby just hanging around. guys that they are hunting for cross stitching and embroidery, finds them eventually some how. Some guys think it makes men appealing to chics, so they use it as a method to find a woman friend who also likes to do stitching and embroidering.

My Husband or Son wants to Cross Stitch, what should i do?
Grab hold of it! It takes of braveness to get men to set aside an impression of manliness to acknowledge they may enjoy to a womens hobby by stitching. If men are enjoying stitching some of your pattern deigns, then take pride within the reality that the men to share stitching with you. If it’s a little one, then promote the imagination come from cross stitching. Not to that men can place away the manly stuff an enjoyable hobby such as cross stitch and embroidery, so let them and be prepared to share, help and encourage. Perhaps the cross stitching men around you might discover a invigorate you . Now, go cross stitch and embroider together!

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