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There are times when I wish I could cross stitch faster, especially when I have several great project ideas and am impatient to finish what I’m working on to start the next one. In order to overcome that problem, I had to think of things I could do to get some speed into my fingers....
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How to cross stitch without pain or injury
It is easy to get carried away when cross stitching. Just like reading a book and telling yourself one more page before sleep, you might look at the clock and realize you’ve been stitching continuously for several hours. When you’re ‘in the zone’, it may become difficult to cross stitch without injury. The problem with...
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A while ago, I purchased some cross stitch fabric which was way too stiff. Since I still had some leftover fabric, I left it on the side. When I finally needed to use it, it was impossible. It was so cardboard-like it wouldn’t even bend to go inside my hoop. And I did push hard....
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Part of free cross stitch pattern by SmartCrossStitch.com
Pic above: Part of a Christmas Deer free cross stitch pattern at smartcrossstitch.com We all love free cross stitch patterns and they’re brilliant for beginner practice. You can spend days searching for designs online, so we’ve compiled a list of websites with simple free patterns you can download and use. NOTE: Make sure to read...
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Ever wanted to create your own cross-stitch pattern? There are several tools online that will help you do so. Whether it’s converting a photo to a chart or just creating and designing your own, here is a list of useful websites. My Photo Stitch: Photo to Cross Stitch Pattern The My Photo Stitch pattern creator allows...
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Washing your cross stitch, Cross Stitch Academy
Congratulations. You just finished your project! Now before rushing to frame it or turn it into a pillow or whatever finishing idea you have in mind, you will have to wash your cross stitch. Why wash your cross stitch? No matter how much you cared for your fabric while working, your project will have some...
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Thinking of ways you can spice up your cross stitch? If you’ve been stitching for a while, you may have noticed the most common background online is white Aida fabric 14 count stitched with two strands of cotton floss. Like everything else, new techniques and material pop up to turn cross stitch into something more...
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There’s nothing worse than ruining your cross stitch fabric halfway through your project. A lot of things can happen, from an unfortunate coffee spill to blood droplets from an accidental needle prick. I once burned my hand and ended up getting burn cream all over my fabric without noticing. Here are a few tips about...
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As we saw earlier, there are different types of stitches. In this article, we’ll be looking at one in particular that may appear to be difficult to do: the famous quarter stitch. Keep reading to know how to do a quarter stitch when cross stitching. What is a quarter stitch and when are they used?...
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Have you come across a three-quarter stitch in your pattern? If you know how to do a half stitch and a quarter stitch, then you will easily be able to do a three quarter stitch. What is a three quarter stitch used for? Usually, the three quarter stitch is used for extra details and shadowing...
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