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Cross-Stitch/Embroidery

Learn how to cross-stitch

DMC Philippines

WHAT IS CROSS STITCH?

Cross Stitch is one of the easiest stitches to learn.  It starts with a simple X shaped stitch that is commonly embroidered with floss on an evenweave fabric.  The cross stitch is repeated numerous times to create a design.  Counted cross stitch designs are made by following a grid or chart where each square that contains a symbol represents 1 stitch.

Materials

FABRIC - Aida Cloth

•even weave to create proportional designs

  ie. fabric in 10 counts should have 10 squares in 1in horizontally as well as vertically

•the higher the count, the smaller the squares, the smaller the final design

 

TAPESTRY NEEDLE

•has a blunt edge to avoid needle pricks and to go through the right hole in the fabric

•has a wide eye for easy threading

•the higher the size, the smaller the needle

 

DMC Threads

•divisible

•washable

•fade resistant

•has a wide range of colors (400+)

•should be cut into 18inches when used to avoid fraying

 

PATTERN

•consists of symbols and its corresponding DMC thread color

•includes the stitch count and the finished size

 

TO BEGIN

•find center of the pattern – this corresponds to the center of the pattern which is marked by arrows

•find center of the fabric by folding fabric in four

•count from center of fabric to the corresponding place where you wish to begin on the pattern