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Guide to Counted Cross Stitching

Published: 16/10/2015 by Tatiana Shovkun

Counted cross stitching is a great hobby for people of all age groups. However, if you do not know how to do this type of stitching, then the initial process is undoubtedly interesting. Read on to know about the instructions given below to create an attractive artwork for your wall with an exquisite design.

Choose a design for the learner - Go to a store nearby and pick up the perfect design for the learners. You will find innumerable designs that are available, however it is extremely important that you choose the right one if you are a beginner. Make it a point to go through the detailed instructions given on the packages as this will help you understand what type of stitches you need to do and how to change colors, when required.

  • Keep necessary materials ready - Before you may start stitching, make sure you keep all necessary materials needed. For this, you may open the chart given with cross stitching kit and go through it in details. This will enable you to know whether you have gathered all things required for knitting.
  • Use the holder to keep cross stitch fabric - In order to do this, you will have to unscrew the pin that usually holds two wood or plastic pieces at a time. It is advisable not to remove pin completely otherwise, it may be difficult to find them. Keep both the pieces separately and put the fabric on the top of inner piece. Keep the fabric at the centre to cover the ring completely. After this, you may place outer part of the ring over the inner part and the material. Once again, you need to tighten the pin so that the fabric remains fixed in both the pieces.
  • How to go about it - You will have to separate the floss to keep six stands loose from one another and thread each color on a needle. If you find large patches of same color, then thread three needles so that you do not need to stop soon for rethread. Make it a point to keep all the needles at the right place so that you reduce the risk of losing them.
  • Tape all the edges of the cloth - You should tape the edges properly so the fabric may not stick. This way, you can avoid the cloth from frying when you are holding it. You can also use painter's tape or masking tape if you do not have fabric tape.

Make sure you keep at least two scissors before you may begin knitting work. This will enable you to continue with your work smoothly even if one of the scissors is not working properly.