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.)
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.
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)
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.