Learn how to cross-stitch and take advantage of the practical tips and advice that we provide on embroidering
Unsure about how to sew a cross-stitch embroidery? Here you'll learn the process step by step.
The materials used when cross-stitching are:
An embroidery hoop facilitates the work substantially. It is used to keep the fabric taut while sewing.
A pattern, or chart, is a large sheet of paper with a grid of symbols on it, which can look something like this:
Every symbol on the pattern corresponds to a cross-stitch on the embroidery. The different symbols represent different thread colours. An accompanying legend describes which symbols represent each thread. An example of such a legend:
Cross-stitching can be done on many different types of fabric. The fabric we sell is called Aida cloth, known for being easy to sew through because of its natural mesh.
The threads that PhotoEmbroidery.co.uk uses are Mouliné threads from the manufacturer DMC. It is a commonly used brand of threads in the cross-stitching community.
When you are ready to start, cut off about a metre long section of thread to be used for sewing. To ensure that the thread will be long enough for the whole embroidery, it is strongly recommended that you cut pieces that are at least 80 cm long.
NOTE: The threads that you order from us are comprised of six separable strands. Only two of these strands should be used for sewing, meaning you can split the thread into three parts, each with two strands!
Sewing according to the pattern is both simple and fun to do once you get into the groove.
When sewing according to the pattern, you'll be working within what is called an area, using one colour at a time. The work area may vary from being a single cross-stitch, to several hundred cross-stitches. Below is an example of an area:
When starting a new area, begin from either the top or the bottom of the area. Sew the first row and then either move up or down (depending on where you started), and sew the next row. Do this until you have completed the area.
When sewing a row, you must start with a half cross (see the picture below):
Then sew it again so that it forms a whole cross (see the picture below):
For downward rows and single stitches, sew one full cross at a time
When you start an embroidery, you begin by sewing from the centre, then working your way out. This is to ensure that the embroidery will be situated in the centre of the fabric.
Now your embroidery is finished and ready to go up on the wall. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us by clicking here. We look forward to helping you!
We at PhotoEmbroidery.co.uk wish you good luck!
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