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« on: September 12, 2009 07:14:01 PM »

Hi cross stitchers

I've been doing cross stitches for years, but mostly just samplers and mostly still tucked neatly away in my cross stitch box! (Terrible I know, I should do SOMETHING with them). Anyway I have decided to get my craft on and make a lot of pressies for Christmas this year and was thinking about putting some cross stitch on some useful items like tea towels and balnkets. BUT I don't really know how to finish it off so it is neat and secure. I always have just finished my threads by running the end of the floss under 4 or 5 stitches on the back, but had a thought that this wouldn't be the best for something that will be washed.

Would fusible interfacing be useful or is there another way to secure the threads?


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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2009 08:54:18 PM »

When finishing my cross stitch, I run the thread back through 4 or 5 stitches like you do, but at the last one, I go back through it again and pick up the loop.  When I pull it sort of makes a knot on the last stitch. If it's something that's going to go through the wash, I run the thread through one more stitch making the same sort of knot.  I haven't lost any stitches or had any threads come loose in the wash... so far!  Wink Just be sure to tell the recipient to wash on the delicate/handwash cycle.

« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2009 11:29:06 AM »

Well... I would suggest you to try to get a neater back on your work. I have been cross stitching for almost 13 years and developed my own technique. I just looove to cross stitch tea towels. They come with an aida band on and all I need to do is grab a needle and floss and... ta da! No hoop needed! Take a look at a b-day gift I offered to a Portuguese friend of mine:

I can teach you... Its quite simple!  Wink

For the pieces you have already stitched, I would suggest you to Google for finishings... There are such neat ideas out there! I suggest you to take a look here:

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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009 12:29:00 PM »

beautiful and neat work!  My grandmother always stressed that even if no one saw the back (or inside) of a project, that it should be neat and beautifully finished...wow---you would have made my granny cry from happiness with your gorgeous work!

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009 12:43:29 PM »

I can teach you... Its quite simple!  Wink

I for one would LOVE to learn. I was actually going to post a question about how to make the back not look like crap.  Grin   How do you do it so that the ends of the thread don't stick out??
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2009 08:51:17 PM »

I, for one, would like to know as well.  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2009 08:19:44 AM »

It would be great if you could put that tutorial or something like it here.

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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2010 04:52:13 PM »

My Mum was never much of a stitcher, but one thing that she passed down to me (presumably from my grandma or great gran) Was that the back should be nearly as tidy as the front. It is much more dificult to do if your pattern colours jump around and are not just solid blocks of colour.

Tuttifruttigirl .....WOW....that is super neat. Do you just leave a long tail to start and then sew it in once you have some vertical stitches? I had never thought of doing it that way, but it looks fantastic. What do you do when you have a pattern that have single stitches and lots of colour change? I think a tute would be a great idea, I'd be reading for sure.

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