Joy of Cross-Stitching

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  • 1. WELCOME TO THE JOY OF CROSS-STITCHING. 2. Before starting, trim the edges of the fabric slightly with zigzag scissors to prevent fraying.Cross-stitching is easy and relaxing. So get ready to have fun and enjoy yourself!If you’ve never cross-stitched before, just read through these tips and you will feel like Preparing the Needlea pro in no time at all. To thread the needle, hold the two strands of Floss and moisten the tip into a stiff, flat point. Then glide the Floss through the eye of the needle.LET’S COVER THE BASICS! Using the Design ChartThe Thread – The most widely recommended Squares - The squares on the Design Chart correspond to the squares on the fabric.Embroidery Floss is DMC 100% cotton Embroidery Every square on the Design Chart that requires a stitch will contain a symbol.Floss. Each length of Floss is made up of sixindividual strands. DMC Embroidery Floss is double Floss Color & Symbol Key - The Key on your Design Chart contains symbols for themercerized to give it the most luxurious luster stitches you will be using, and the color of Floss you will use for each stitch. Each typeand shine and is available in 454 solid colors. of stitch and color of Floss is represented by a different symbol.The Key on your Design Chart will tell you the Reading the Design Chart - The most common stitch is the cross-stitch. When thenumber of strands to work with. You will generally square on your Design Chart contains a large symbol taking up the full square, a fulluse two strands to create a cross-stitch, and cross-stitch is required. The second most common stitch is the backstitch. Backstitchesone strand for a backstitch. are generally used as outlining or lettering. When a square contains a straight line or dotted lines that join two corners, a backstitch is required. When there is a symbol overThe Fabric –The most widely used fabric for beginner cross-stitch projects is 100% a square, and the symbol is the same on both sides of the backstitch symbol, make acotton Aida. DMC Aida Needlework Fabric is made using the highest quality fibers and cross-stitch in that square, and then add the backstitch last.it’s the perfect match for DMC Embroidery Floss. Its precise, square-patterned weave How To Make A Cross-Stitchwith visible stitching holes makes this fabric easy to use. Aida fabric is available in many 1. The cross-stitch is one of the easiest and most popular embroidery stitches.counts, with the squares being larger or smaller. All the projects presented in this Each individual cross-stitch is made up of two diagonal stitches; a bottom stitch and abrochure recommend 14-count Aida fabric. top stitch that together form an X.The Needle – A size 24-Tapestry needle, which is generally recommended for cross-stitch 2. Working horizontally from left to right, stitch a row of bottom stitches. Form eachprojects when stitching on 14-count Aida fabric. It has an elongated eye for easy stitch by bringing the needle up at 1, then down at 2, up at 3, then down at 4, etc.threading, and the blunt point glides smoothly through the holes in the Aida fabric. At the end of the row, complete the cross-stitch by crossing the bottom stitches withThe Design Chart - Your Design Chart and Floss color key contain all the information a row of top stitches in the opposite direction (up at 9, down at 10 (same hole as 6),you’ll need to stitch a design. up at 11, down at 12 (same hole as 4), etc.GETTING READY TO STITCHWorking with the Thread1. It is easier to work with shorter lengths of Floss, so when you are ready to startstitching cut the Floss into 18-inch lengths.2. Separate the six-strand length of Floss you’ll be working with by holding one endbetween two fingers and pulling out one strand at a time. Pull out the required numberof strands (indicated on your Design Chart Key) and lay them together.3. If the Floss becomes twisted while you are stitching, hold the fabric up and let theneedle drop; it will untwist.Working with the Fabric1. You can use an embroidery hoop to keep the fabric stretched tight if you like.However, remove the hoop when you are not stitching to prevent the fabric fromgetting “hoop marks”.
  • 2. Starting and Stopping 2. Match the center of the fabric with the center of the design on your design chart.The easiest way to start a cross-stitch piece is with the "waste knot" method. It is a You can find the center of the design by following the arrows located on the bottomtemporary knot that will be clipped later, thus the name "waste knot". To begin, tie a and side of the Design Chart.knot at the end of the Floss on your needle. Pass the needle through the fabric fromthe front down, about one-inch away from the placement of the first cross-stitch. 3. You can start stitching at the center, or count out the number of squares from theBring the needle up through the fabric in the exact square you’ve selected as your center of the Design Chart to where you would like to start. Then count out the samestarting point and work the first series of cross-stitches over the thread to secure it on number of squares from the center of the fabric to locate your preferred starting point.the back of the fabric. Carefully clip off the waste knot. To continue stitching in thesame area, re-thread your needle and simply run the needle under several stitches on 4. Thread your needle with the required number of strands of the color of Floss you’ll bethe backside to secure the Floss, then resume stitching. working with. Remember to separate the six-strand piece of Floss by pulling out the required number of strands for the stitch you’ll be using. 5. To begin, pass the threaded needle though the fabric from the front down an inch from where you want to start. Leave about an inch of Floss off to the side on the top of the fabric. Now, come up from the back in the exact square you’ve selected as your starting point. Then, go down to complete your first cross-stitch. Continue stitching about four or five full stitches then pull the short end that has been resting on top of the fabric through from the back and snip it off close to the fabric. 6. You can work by either doing a line of half crosses, then finishing the cross by going back to stitch the top diagonals, or by completing each cross one at a time.JumpingSometimes you’ll stitch only a few stitches in an area, and then jump to another area 7. The beauty of cross-stitch is that all the stitches are identical and present a smooth,with that same color. Jumping can be easier than stopping and starting, but when you uniform surface. Make sure that all your top stitches are worked in the same directioncarry the Floss along the back it can show through the fabric. Only carry thread to and that each stitch is pulled with the same amount of tension. If the stitches areanother area if the jump is short and the thread is a light color. It is important that all pulled too tight, the Aida Cloth will become distorted and the holes will enlarge.the X’s are crossed in the same direction. The top thread of the X should always slant If the Floss is too loose, the shape of the cross-stitch will be lost. If you make an errorin the same direction. while stitching, it’s simple to correct it by gently pulling out the stitches with the end of the needle. Then just try it again. We have provided you with plenty of Floss for thisHow to Make a Backstitch project.1. Working in and out of the fabric holes, bring the needle up at 1, down at 2, up at 3,down at 4 (same hole as 1), up at 5, down at 6 (same hole as 3), etc. Congratulations, you did a great job! We’re sure the design you created looks beautiful. GENERAL CARE INSTRUCTIONS You can wash your design by hand in cool water using a mild liquid detergent and rinsing it well. Dry it by rolling it in a towel to absorb the excess water. Do not wring it dry. Dry flat on a towel. You can iron your design by pressing on the back while laying it on a towel to prevent the stitches from being flattened. Dry Cleaning is not recommended.LET’S BEGIN TO STITCH!1. It is important to centralize the design. Fold the fabric in half horizontally and pinch it tomake a light crease. Open, then fold the fabric in half vertically and make another S. Hackensack Ave., Port Kearny Bldg. 10F S. Kearny, N J 07032-4688pinch. Where the two creases cross is the center. www.dmc-usa.com