After the piece is completed, you can cut the vertical and horizontal running stitch lines and pull them out of the piece. If you've accidentally split any of the running stitches, carefully cut them out of the piece or pull them to the back where they won't show.
- When placing stitches, count along each line from the center to find the exact placement on the fabric.
- The top left corner stitch of the D is 5 up and 5 left from the center cross.
- Start at the center, where the vertical and horizontal lines cross
- Count up the vertical line 5 squares
- Then count left from the vertical line 5 squares
The direction of the top stitch of your cross stitches makes a difference in the look of your finished piece. For a consistent look, the bottom stitch of each X should all be the sewn in the same direction (bottom left to upper right or bottom right to upper left, your choice!)
Tip: Find the Stitch Direction
But as you move the fabric during the sewing, directions change, top becomes bottom, left becomes right.
To keep track of which direction your bottom stitches should go, stitch the direction in one of the corners of the fabric (outside the design area).
This way, no matter how you're holding your fabric, your direction is clear.
How To Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch Links
- DMC's Technique Overview: Cross Stitch: Learn everything you need to know about cross stitch. Read about the origins and history of cross stitch, how to read a cross stitch chart, what supplies you need, and the cross stitch guide.
My Pinterest Links
My Cross Stitch Needlebook Kit (for sale)
Buy the Needlebook Kit
at Unicorn Fiber Arts
|Cross Stitch Needlebook Kit
Carry your needles and pins in a convenient and handy needlebook. It includes a loop to keep it handy by hanging it from your chatelaine or other sewing accessory.
The soft fabric pages are perfect for holding needles of all sizes. For the organized ones among us, you can write the needle type / size info on each page.
Decorate the cover with your initials (chart included) or favorite design!
Kit includes everything you need to create the needlebook:
- Skill Level: Intermediate Beginner, needs to know how to cross stitch and hand (or machine) sew a running stitch.
- Cross stitch charts:
- 2 alphabets, 3 borders, and embellishments
- Fabric and tools:
- Cross-stitch fabric for needlebook covers
- Ribbon for needlebook ties
- Flannel for needlebook pages
- Embroidery thread and needle for cross stitch
- Sewing thread and needle for needlebook assembly
- Instructions for needlebook assembly
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