Stitching techniques

Correct tension for stitching

Using an embroidery hoopAn embroidery hoop is a round frame made of wood or plastic. This has an outer and an inner ring that hold your fabric taut while you are stitching. Stitching with a hoop can help to keep your stitches neat and even. can help you get the correct tension for stitching to amke sure your fabricThe material on which cross stitch is made, of the fabric is aida though evenweave and linen can also be used. Fabrics come in many colours and many counts. It can also be made of perforated paper or plastic. Only fabric especially made for cross stitching should be used for stitching, because the even spacing of the threads is very important – each type of fabric is made up of holes of an even stitch count. To stitch on other fabrics you can use waste canvas. doesn't get distorted as you stitch

How to stop fabric from fraying

If you're stitching a project over several weeks or months, the fabricThe material on which cross stitch is made, of the fabric is aida though evenweave and linen can also be used. Fabrics come in many colours and many counts. It can also be made of perforated paper or plastic. Only fabric especially made for cross stitching should be used for stitching, because the even spacing of the threads is very important – each type of fabric is made up of holes of an even stitch count. To stitch on other fabrics you can use waste canvas. edges can get tatty and frayed. Here's a simple guide to help prevent this happening to your stitching.

Stitching using waste canvas

How to stitch using waste canvas

Waste canvasUse waste canvas when you want to stitch a design on a non-stitching fabric, such as a tee-shirt or a hat. Tack the waste canvas over the area to be stitched, and stitch through the waste canvas holes onto the fabric beneath. Then pull out the waste canvas threads to reveal the design beneath. is great for adding cross stitch designs to all sorts of different fabrics.

How to blend threads

How to blend threads

The two-tone effect of blended stitches adds texture and movement – perfect for natural effects like fur and also leaves

or bark

 

How to attach charms to your stitching

How to attach charms to your stitching

Adding charms to your stitching can really add a sparkle and make a simple pattern really something special!