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PostSubject: Learning How to Cross Stitch   Wed May 28, 2014 7:04 am

Learning how to cross stitch can open new doors for you if you love working with your hands. From delicate cross-stitch towels to lovely cross-stitch wall hangings, you can create cross-stitch works of art.
Types of Cross-Stitching
You have two choices in cross-stitch patterns: stamped cross-stitch and counted cross-stitch. Those who use stamped cross-stitch choose a design that has been preprinted on fabric, showing where the "X's" should be placed and what colors should be used. Counted cross-stitching involves a reference chart that tells the user the same type of information. Of the two, counted cross-stitching is the most popular.
Stamped Cross-Stitch and Counted Cross-Stitch Supplies
The most commonly used fabrics for cross-stitching are Aida cloth and even-weave. Aida cloth, which is available in many colors, has threads that are woven into easy-to-see square patterns which makes cross-stitching easy. Aida cloth is usually described in terms of the number of squares per inch. Therefore, an 8 count Aida would have 8 squares per inch.
Even-weave fabric is probably more appropriate for someone who has conquered Aida cloth. It is usually measured in terms of threads per inch.
The thread that is used in cross-stitching is called floss. Most floss is sold packaged as six-ply, or six strands. Since most cross-stitch patterns require 2-ply floss, you will have to separate your floss strands. Most cross-stitchers cut their floss in 18-inch lengths for convenience.
You will need cross-stitch frames. Frames help keep your work taut and easy to stitch. Cross-stitch frames come in a variety of sizes so that you can focus on intricate areas with a smaller frame and use a larger frame in areas where you are stitching coverage. You can also choose from different frame materials ranging from plastic to wood. Choose a frame that feels comfortable to you.
Another essential in cross-stitching is tapestry needles. As a beginner, the count on the fabric will determine the size of the needle that you need to use. When you become more experienced, you can experiment with a variety of different types of needles.
Always have a scissor in your cross-stitch arsenal. If you can, get two pairs (one for cutting fabric and the other for cutting thread).
Once you pick your pattern, you will be ready to go. You can find free cross-stitch samplers online that will get you started.
Cross-Stitch Kits
If you would like to try your hand at cross-stitching, but do not want to invest a lot of money in your beginning stages, consider cross-stitch kits. A cross-stitch kit will include the appropriate fabric, floss, needle, chart and instructions for you to complete a project.
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