Cross Stitch Instructions
With these cross stitch instructions you will be making beautiful masterpieces in no time!
Though looking at a pattern is probably one of the most daunting things in the craft world, cross stitching is far easier than it appears. The hardest part is putting it down! To prevent the ends or your fabric (known as aida cloth)from fraying and going to pieces, start with using some sewing thread and whip stitching around the edges. Though it takes a bit of extra time, in the end it makes up for it by having nice clean edges to work with.
Cross Stitch Instructions – Finding the Center
In cross stitching you work from the center out, so first and foremost you must half your fabric and then half it again so it is in a square and crease it, unfold once and find the center hole via the creases. Thread a little bit of thread in there so you don?t lose it and unfold!
There are devices out there to make following these cross stitch instructions far easier such as stitching hoops in which are used to hold your fabric taut. Though it is entirely possible to do it without one of these hoops, I deeply suggest investing in one. It will cut your time in half.
Depending on what pattern you are using (a store bought kit or one you possibly found online or something out of a book) you may have to buy cross stitch floss in accordance to the number guide or the kit may come with the colors you need. Either way, it’s best to sort the colors before hand, laying everything out so that you don’t make any accidental mistakes or find you are missing something that is important to your project.
Cross stitch floss or embroidery thread (as seen below) comes in a variety of colors and should be six strands to a length. A lot of patterns will call for three, two, or one strand used during the cross stitch portion of the project in order to add depth and detail to the finished work. Be sure to read your pattern carefully before threading your needle so you know whether or not you need one or more strands. To prepare thread, find the end on your floss and pull until it’s about eight to ten inches in length and snip it free. Isolate the number of strands you need and gently pull them apart from the length. Be sure that your thread isn’t too long that it may get tangled or too short that you will run out too quickly.
Threading a needle is relatively self explanatory. Loose end +Eye of Needle = Threaded needle. Just make sure you have about three inches of tail so that the thread won?t come out. I find whetting the end you are threading makes it all that much easier.
Cross Stitch Instructions – Reading a Pattern
Reading a pattern is incredibly easy, even if it is confusing all at once. You will have a key, indicating what symbol or letter, what color, and how many strands? The pattern itself will probably look like a jumbled mess like a paint factory exploded, but once you concentrate on the spot you are working it becomes smooth and understandable. Just make sure you double check your key and your pattern before you start to make sure that you have the right color and the right symbol. (Example Below)
Using the following chart you can easily figure out what goes where on the cat! Feel free to use the following cross stitch instructions to try out your hand at reading patterns.
The number next to the symbol represents the number of strands of thread you need to use.
Alright, so we have preparations pretty much covered save for one thing: How do we find the center of our pattern? Luckily any pattern you find for cross stitch will have one pivotal characteristic to it?
Look to our friend, Mr. Elephant.
The arrows show us that the center of the pattern is on his ear. So, depending on what color the heart represents, we start our first stitch on the indicated square.
Draw the stitch through the bottom left of the indicated square, pull up until there?s just a bit left behind the face of your work, press a finger to it so it doesn?t pull free and put a diagonal stitch in (as seen below). Make next stitch next to the first, making sure that the loose thread below is caught in the loop as you pull through?
Once you have your thread fastened in the back continue on bottom to top in diagonal lines, follow the pattern to the end of a row and work your way back, finishing the diagonal stitching by making them into an X or a cross stitch.
So, when you are done with a color, take your needle to the back of your fabric (should be there for a finished stitch anyway) and slip it through a few of the stitches in the back to secure the thread.
And like that, you have the beginnings of a wonderful pattern! This finishes out cross stitch instructions.
Just continue on, making sure that you keep count and keep your stitches nice and tight and you will have a finished work in no time flat.
I hope you found these cross stitch instructions helpful to your world of thread and aida. If further cross stitch instructions are needed, or anything else you feel should be added to our cross stitch instructions feel free to contact us.