BASIC HINTS AND TIPS
WHEN STITCHING A LARGE PROJECT, IT'S VITAL THAT YOU ALLOW
ENOUGH MARGIN FOR FRAMING. A GOOD GUIDE IS 3" ALL AROUND THE DESIGN.
IN DESIGNS WHERE YOU USE LOTS OF COLOURS BUT ONLY A FEW STITCHES
AT A TIME, THREAD SEVERAL NEEDLES SO THAT YOU SAVE TIME AND DON'T WASTE ANY THREAD.
IF YOU WANT TO USE A COLOURED FABRIC
FOR A DESIGN, GATHER YOUR CHOSEN THREADS AND LAY THEM ON TOP OF THE FABRIC TO SEE IF THEY CONTRAST STRONGLY ENOUGH AND YOU
WILL SEE IF ANY OF THE COLOURS FADE AWAY OR NOT.
CROSS STITCH DESIGNS STITCHED ON LINEN LOOK MUCH BETTER IF A PIECE
OF THIN WADDING THE EXACT SIZE OF THE APERTURE IS FITTED BEHIND THE DESIGN. THIS PUSHES THE STITCHES FORWARD MAKING
THEM MORE PROMINENT.
20 WAYS TO BECOME A
Make sure you complete one design before
starting another (who am i kidding).
Remember the golden rule: Always complete the first half of your
cross stitch in the same direction.
Banish dogs, cats,
babies, husbands - and anything else that's likely to make a mess - from your stitching area.
Subscribe to a reputable magazine and you can't fail to improve
your stitching with great ideas and tips every month.
Try out a new technique
such as blackwork or hardanger to broaden your horizons.
Be a patient stitcher - rushing only leads to mistakes and hours
Surf the Net - it's
packed with brilliant stitching sites bursting with stitching facts.
Join a stitching club or start one yourself.
Read the instructions! You always want to get the kit open and that first stitch completed but
its worth checking it's right.
Teach a friend to stitch - you'll pass on your enthusiasm for stitching, but
you'll also go back over the basics yourself and unlearn any bad habits you've acquired.
stitching is addictive but don't set yourself impossible deadlines. Just enjoy it!