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Stitching 101

  • Stitching 101 - Beading

    For adding a great finish to your stitched designs, seed beads are a lovely touch... super for sparkle and texture effects too.

    It is best to use a specially designed beading needle to add seed beads, but a size 28 tapestry needle may work. The needle will have to be smaller than the needle you use for cross stitch and it will have to be sharper. Choosing the right needle will save you a big headache as the beads can get stuck on your needle.

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  • Stitching with Satin Floss

    Satin floss is lustrous and smooth.
    It looks very shiny and it gives a luxurious finish to your work, but its wide appeal stems from its silky texture which can challenge a stitcher who’s new to this specialty thread. In few words, it may look a little hostile the very first time you thread you needle and try to make a stitch. Anyway with a little practice and a handful of patience you will have a fantastic result!

    Here there are some suggestions to not get crazy while working with it:
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  • It's the World's end AKA I've just punched a hole in my fabric

    Unpicking or frogging hours of work may be a very frustrating work. This is why sometimes I prefer to use an unpicking tool. The pro of this tool is that in few seconds you can cut all your stitches and then just rub the back of the fabric to remove all the remaining pieces of thread. Be careful, however, if your fabric is not tight enough on your hoop or Q-snap, you can end of with a complete disaster, also known as a hole or a rip in your fabric.
    This is what happened to me just last night (and this is the reason of the horrible pics, please forgive me).

    Holy cow, I have just punched not one, but two holes in my fabric!! This means I have to trash all my hard work? No. The first thing you have to do is: don't panic.

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  • Stitching 101 - Back Stitch and Fractional Stitches

    In THIS POST I have given the basics of cross stitch! Now let's become a pro and learn Back Stitch and Fractional stitches!

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