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« on: October 03, 2006 09:20:22 PM »

I've been doing cross stitch for a few years now but I know I'm doing it wrong. I have no idea how to make the picture fit on the canvas from the pattern. I haven't figured that out yet. Please help me.
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2006 10:07:55 AM »

I think I understand what you are asking.  Please correct me if I'm wrong. I like to find the center of the design on the pattern paper. I will mark that with a pencil.  Then I fold the fabric in quarters.  At the point where all the folds meet I will put a little loop of thread, and loosely tie the ends together.  So you've now got a floppy loose loop of thread where the center of your fabric is.  I usually stitch from the middle out. 

You can also do what is called gridding.   It is tedious and time consuming but will save you a lot of heartache in the end, esp if it is a large design.  Most patterns have darker lines for every 10th square.  If you baste a row horizontally and verticaly for every 10th square on your fabric, you will have a grid on your fabric that matches the one on your fabric.

Sometimes, in kits, they give you too small of a piece of fabric.  One way to figure out if that is the case is to:
First find out what count fabric you have.  Get a ruler out and count how many squares on your fabric there are per inch.  A fair amount of kits have 14 count aida in them.  Then you want to figure out what your stitch count is of your pattern.  most of the time it is listed somewhere on the chart, if not, count it out.  Let's say it's 140 x 70.  You divide the stitch count of your fabric by your fabric count.  in this case 140 divided by 14 and 70 divided by 14  This will give you a design that is 10 x 5.  But you want at least 2 inches on all sides for framing or making into whatever.  Remember there are 4 sides to your project.  For this example it would be 10+2+2 and 5+2+2.  so a finished piece of fabric that is 14 x 9.

I hope this is helpful!

« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2006 09:31:46 PM »

Thank you so much. That really does help me a lot. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
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