Ann Logan

Computers


It is well known that cross-stitch is very addictive. Especially when you feel that you have enough time to be alone with the thread and needle. Do not give in! Take a break from time to time, putting off the thread and needle while resting your eyes and hands.
If you are too keen on your craft, use the alarm clock. When the alarm goes off, it’s time to put aside the fabric and other cross-stitch accessories and get some rest.
Mouse in a Mousetrap
149 x 100 stitches 21 colors
Two Mice
136 x 119 stitches 30 colors
Kitten and Mouse
160 x 112 stitches 30 colors
Kitten and Computer
169 x 92 stitches 28 colors
Computer Screen
44 x 53 stitches 6 colors
Computer Mouse
47 x 27 stitches 11 colors
Disk-On-Key
64 x 45 stitches 13 colors



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Cross stitch is typically done using a round-end tapestry needle. The size you use depends on your fabric. If you are stitching a kit, use the needle that came with it. If not, see this article on choosing a needle for cross stitch.

Thread your needle just as you would a needle for hand sewing. Don’t make a knot in the tail end. You will stitch over the tail as you work to secure it without needing a knot. As a general rule, you want to avoid using knots when cross stitching because they can leave lumps in the final piece.

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Even if you think your hands are clean, you should wash them before you touch your cross-stitch fabric or your floss (embroidery thread).
Don’t make long jumps across the back of your fabric with the thread because they might show through on the front. When moving to a new area that is more than a few stitches away, you should end your thread and then begin it again in the new spot.
Buy all your supplies for a project at the start. Thread comes in dye lots that may vary slightly between batches.
If you are stitching using aida cloth that already has holes, you don’t need super sharp needles. More then that, you should prefer the rounded tip of a tapestry needle to ensure you don't accidentally split the fiber you're stitching with.