No matter what your craft project there are always ways to help it go smoother. This guide is about cross stitch tips and tricks.
I have done many cross stitch projects in the past, but I have never done a blanket before. I have just found out I am going to be a grandmother so I decided to do a baby blanket. It is quite a large project and I am running into some problems. I am concerned because as I work on it some of the stitches are starting to look kind of fussy and worn. I admit I am a bit of a perfectionist and I am also worried about it needing to be washed repeatedly. I assume that it probably should be for show rather than use. I am concerned that the stitching will come undone when washed. Also it is a kit and the blanket is quilted so I am wondering if I could sew fabric to the back once it is finished so the thread work doesn't show.
Also I am used to using hoops with smaller projects and I am not sure what frame to try. I looked for a scroll frame, but couldn't find one to fit. I bought a snap frame, but I have to keep moving it around because it doesn't fit either and is awkward because of the left over material hanging off. I have never had a problem sorting out the colors of thread, but this time they are not labeled and I am having a heck of a time figuring it out! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Might be much easier (!) to consider turning the blanket into a wall hanging or try another project entirely?
Addendum to first reply-may also be easier on the new parents instead of worrying about a beautiful baby blanket. No matter how careful the parents may be, the blanket stitches may be damaged, the blanket may need washing, etc.
My mother made several of these baby blankets (quilts) for the grandchildren. She tried her best to not have stitches showing on the backside. This method is more time-consuming than putting the needle all the way through the fabric each time, but it solves the problem of having to cover the back when finished. These are beautiful quilts, but were not used for the babies, just as wall hangings and heirlooms because so much time and effort went into making each one. She always put her initials on them, which I thought was a nice touch. Good luck with yours. I'm sure it will be beautiful and very much appreciated.
I have a very involved dragonfly I'm about to start. My cloth is tea stained aida cloth. I count 14 within each inch so I'm assuming it's 14 as apposed to 11, 18, or 24 correct? Also can I just fold the cloth to find the middle starting point or am I gonna have to do math to figure a starting point?
Yes and yes.
The fold method is OK if you are not concerned how large the actual pattern will be in considering how much cloth you will need. Years ago, one fold method for me in a pattern ended up short of cloth so never again!
I have always had a hard time when I am cross-stitching when my hoop won't keep the material tight. I put a heavy rubber band around the bottom hoop and now I have nice and tight fabric.
By Patricia from La Pine, OR
I am doing a cross stitch and some of the stitches, after I am finished with a square, are coming undone. Is there something I can do to stop this? Someone said maybe a fabric glue?
Not sure how your problem occurs, however, you might not be pulling some stitches tight enough against the base cloth. Another possibility is the quality of the floss you are using; it may stretch after you have stitched part of the pattern. I do not know if a fabric glue will solve the problem but I think the best way to fix the problem is to try to restitch the loose areas. A pain, I know!
I have made a tiny snip on my fabric in a place on the cross stitch pattern where there are no stitches to cover it up. Help!
By Darlene from Red Lion, PA
Hi. Ive done this too. Dont panic. Cut a small square of cotton fabric and the same size squre of bondaweb and iron it on the back of the snipped bit. It will be tougher to push a needle theough but it will stop the snip showing and fraying. Hope that helps hon.
Thank you so much for this answer. I have a cross stitch blanket made for and used by my 4 grandchildren (the eldest now 21) which a mouse found very appetizing. Could not just toss it, so your answer is perfect. Thanks again. Bev
To keep from losing my cross-stitch needles all the time, I glued a magnetic strip to the inside lid of the box I keep my embroidery floss in. I no longer lose them, and I can easily find the needle I need.
Frog Cross Stitch
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I have been cross stitching for about 30 years on and off. I had a stroke 4 years ago and had to learn to cross stitch with my non domimant hand. I bought a sit on frame at a craft show that has been my salvation. I was used to not using a hoop as I worked after having creases that I couldn't get out. But after the stroke I couldn't hold the material as I worked. I make presents every year for people now. There are several magazines to choose from that you can get from the bookstores. Some are more difficult than others. But once you get the fever for cross stitch there is no going back. DMC has a website with patterns and tips.
I just learned cross stitching. I already stitched few small patterns, but what really bothers me is that, all of the back of my cross stitch work is messy. Is there a way I can make it neater? Especially when stitching a border pattern which requires moving further from an area to another (2-4 blocks away)?
I am stitching a flower and want to add a hummingbird. Can I reduce it? The image I want to use is 11 holes per inch, my material is 7 holes per inch. Will this reduce the size of the image so it is not overpowering to the rest of the picture?
The larger the number of holes per inch in your fabric, the smaller your picture will be because you can fit a lot more stitches into a smaller space.
If you mess up stitches on counted cross stitch, how can I fix them?
Therese from IN
I make mistakes all the time. If it is nothing to serious, just skip it. One thing I do is usually make the outline of the section that I am going to stich. this way I only need to count this area one time. I then go back and "fill" in the outline then do the crosses. Make sense? it works on even small areas. Since I've been doing this, I don;t nearly as many mistakes as I used to. <P>
Another thing, when you do have to snip out some parts and you have all the little edges, use a dap of clear nail polish on the BACK. this will hold the thread to other thread and you don't have to worry that it will unravel. HTH
Most of the time I undo the stitches, if it is a small area. Otherwise, just let it be. I usually do a small area, and am obsessive about counting the squares. I use a highlighter on the cross-stitch pattern and that helps quite a bit, especially when working with many colors that are very similar to each other
I use a seam ripper.
I am working on this cross stitch pattern and I need to change the colors in the hand to that of an African-American Baby. I could really use your help.
Cheryl from Broken Arrow, OK
Go for 2-4 shades lighter than the color you are using for skintone.
Count how many different shades there currently are in the cross stitch, and what colors they are. then, choose the appropriate color-tone that you want to use, and match the different shades to the ones that are listed on the chart. Exp: If there are four different shades: white, light tan, med tan, and dark tan; you might want to use med tan(or dark), light brown( or med), med brown(or dark), and dark brown(or black), depending on the shading that is used. Also, if you want a really unique look, try using one strand of a color with another, to get a very realistic shading effect. it looks amazing.
Just when you think your stitched picture is perfect, take a black light and you will find the missing stitch(es). The white background will glow through where there was supposed to be a thread. This couldn't be any easier!
By Joyce from Regina, Sask. Canada