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« on: March 29, 2004 10:47:10 PM »

So, three years ago I learned to cross-stitch.  It became my first real obsession with crafting.  However I have never mastered the art.  It always seemed to me that my X's were smaller than they should be, even on the fabric that is made for cross-stitching.  It just never looked good enough and I always quit before the piece was finished.  I'm not just complaining, but I am begging for advice.  I would love to finish these projects, but I don't know why my X's are too small.  They seem like they don't fit together the way finished projects by talented stitchers do..
Please help me!

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« Reply #1 on: March 29, 2004 10:58:45 PM »

my guess is that you're just pulling it too tight.  I used to do that when I was little, until my mom made me loosen up some.  it doesn't have to be tight, just so that it's no loose.  it's a thin line, but once you get it, it'll turn out fine.

hope that's the problem, and I hope that helped!   Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2004 11:32:23 AM »

There are several possibilities:  pulling too tight is definately one of them, but another could be the thread you are using.  If your stitches look too skimpy - i.e. they still look like X's when there are a bunch of them instead of looking like a picture - you are probably not using the correct number of threads for the fabric you are using.  On each pattern there is a suggestion for both the fabric count (x's per inch type numbers like Aida 14, etc.) and then the threads used for typical cross stitch on that fabric.  If you are using a bigger fabric then you need more threads.  

If you could post a picture of your current work - it would be easier to troubleshoot.

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« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2004 04:48:20 PM »

I find that the best way to get even sitches is to do counted cross stitch.  The project ususally comes out much clearer and more professional-looking when it's counted:-)

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« Reply #4 on: April 03, 2004 05:07:51 PM »

Apart from what everyone else has suggested, you might need to strip and stroke your floss; especially if you are working with larger crosses and more strands of floss. Pull each strand you need to use out separately (stripping) , place them back together (floss has a grain, so lay them back in the same direction), and stroke the strands until they get flat and ribbony. After 4-5 stitches you may find that the thread gets twisty, that's normal. Let the needle fall freely from the cloth and untwist the thread on its own. And if you're still not satisfied with the results, stroke the stitch with a laying tool (or if you're a cheapo like me, a knitting needle or pen butt any other blunt tipped tool).
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2004 12:14:00 AM »

Thanks for all of the tips y'all!! I will certainly try to improve based on your suggestions!  
..However craftster has me going project crazy, so it might be a while before I get back to that old cross-stitch!!


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