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Cross Stitch Loop Method Tutorial

Try beginning your stitching with a Loop! This easy tip saves you time, and keeps the back of your work looking nice and tidy!

(It is also comes in handy when you are working with “confetti” stitching, where there are single cross stitches with no others around it.)

STEP 1

Separate ONE (1) strand of floss, twice as long as you normally use. Fold the floss in half, and thread the 2 loose ends through the eye of your needle. This should make a long tail with a “loop” on the end. Bring your needle up from the back, as you would to make the first half of your cross stitch.

STEP 2

Now bring your needle down through the front of the fabric to complete the first half of your ‘X’. Don’t pull the thread tight yet…turn your work over, and on the back of your fabric thread your needle through the loop. (see the photo below)

loop method

STEP 3

Now you can pull the thread tight (but not too tight!) to secure it in place. (see the photo below)

Then you can finish your cross stitch as usual. End your thread in the usual way of running it under several threads along the back to secure.

loop method-2


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FREE Valentine’s Cross Stitch Pattern- Cute Raccoon with Heart

I’ve been loving Raccoons lately. They are showing up in trendy fabrics on Spoonflower, artsy illustrations, or if you’re looking for a stitchy project- check out my own Raccoon with Red Chevron Cross Stitch Pattern. Here’s a sampling of some original raccoon-y things for you to be inspired by (I know I was…heehee)

racoon sampler

1. Scamper Raccoon by Birch Fabrics
2. Raccoon Family Portrait by papersparrow
3. R is for Raccoon by Kirstie Edmunds
4. Raccoon Male Print by Berkley Illustration

And now for the free pattern! It’s a cute raccoon with a little heart. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner…and this might work as a card? A little framed gift?  Or read my tutorial on block-mounting your finished x-stitch onto canvas!

Click here to download this pattern for FREE.

Happy Stitching!

Cheryl@tinymodernist

raccoon heart


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How much thread do I need for cross stitch?

QUESTION: How much thread will I need for x-stiching? I want to buy embroidery floss to complete a Tiny Modernist Cross Stitch Pattern, but I don’t know how much to buy.

ANSWER: You can calculate how much embroidery floss you need for your X-STITCH project by using the simple chart below. The numbers are based on 14-count aida cloth (and we design our patterns in 14-count!)

Use these SIMPLE tips for figuring out the correct amount of thread: 

1. Each FULL x-stitch uses about 1/2″ of thread.

2. Stitching with 2 strands x 18″ long = 36 stitches (you will get a total of 108 stitches from every 6-strand length)

3. Stitching with 3 strands x 18″ long = 36 stitches (you will get a total of 72 stitches from every 6-strand length)

I was able to stitch these and still end up with about 3″ of thread LEFT OVER after running my thread under the stitching and snipping it off.

Hopefully this helps with your CROSS STITCH projects!

Questions? Email me: cheryl@tinymodernist.com


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DIY Cross Stitch Supply Kit

If you are looking to put together a portable kit to carry your work-in-progress, here’s what you should have in it:

1. Use a zip-lock baggie or small make-up kit as your bag.

2. All the thread colors from the pattern you are working on, plus white and black thread (you always seem to need them). I wind my threads around the little plastic (or cardboard) thread holders you can buy at craft shops. It’s much easier to unwind lengths of thread than from the skeins they come in from the store.

3. Little scissors, or snips. The sharper the better. My kids once ran off with my snips so I tried using a pair of kiddie safety scissors. They just mangled the thread, and made it very difficult to thread the needle. So invest in a nice pair of small sharp scissors, and you won’t regret it!

4. An extra needle, tucked into the white or black thread. Some people use embroidery needles, which are short with a dull tip, but I like using sewing needles that are a little longer, thin, and sharp. They pierce the cloth better, and being skinny they fit between threads nicely. But try a few out to see what you prefer.

5. The pattern & Aida Cloth. Seems like a no-brainer, so I won’t go into much detail. I will say that I recently bought a 10 yard bolt of 14-count aida cloth, and just cut pieces off as I need them. So much easier than buying small pieces for every project. And it’s quite stiff, so I don’t need to use a hoop- which tends to leave permanent circular marks on the aida cloth. I can hold it flat, or roll one side slightly to stitch in the middle.

With this kit, you should be ready to x-stitch anywhere…even if it’s just in your living room 🙂


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DIY tutorial: How to block mount a cross stitch

A reader recently asked me how I mounted these modern chair cross stitch pieces. Here’s how to get the same look:

 

Material List:

~ Finished Cross Stitch Designs (purchase the 4 modern chairs here)

~ 6″ x 6″ Pre-made artist canvases (x 4)

~ Staple Gun

 

BEFORE YOU STITCH:

Make sure to cut your aida cloth at least 3-4″ larger than the design on each side (cut a piece about 10″ x 10″ for each chair).

 

AFTER YOU STITCH:

Centre the design on the front of the canvas, turn everything over to the wrong side, and use a staple gun to attach all the sides of the aida cloth to the wooden stretchers, as you would stretch a canvas:

 

1. Put one staple in the middle of the top side, then another on the bottom side, pulling a little to make sure the cloth is tight, but not pulling your design out of shape.

2. Put another staple in the middle of the left side, then the right side, again making sure the cloth is snug but not pulling.

2. Then put staples on each side of the first staples, working towards the corners, tugging slightly as you go to make sure fabric stays nice and snug.

3. Lastly, fold the aida cloth corners so they lie flat, and put a few staples in to hold them.

4. You’re done! Just use a nail to hang them on the wall.