Ann Logan|Cross Stitch Patterns to Download|London

London


If you want accurate stitching without counting every stitch you may want to draw gridlines on your cloth. Recently pregrid fabric has become available which is a blessing for the crossstitchers.
Coffee
61 x 83 stitches 17 colors
London
189 x 101 stitches 30 colors
Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth
121 x 149 stitches 26 colors
The queen's Diamond Jubilee
90 x 120 stitches 31 colors
London Red Postbox
75 x 169 stitches 29 colors
London Black Cab
173 x 102 stitches 34 colors
London Telephone Box
79 x 120 stitches 28 colors
London Bus
122 x 129 stitches 21 colors
London Bridge
227 x 167 stitches 30 colors



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Consistent tension is crucial for creating proper stitches. They should be flat against the fabric, not too tight, not too loose. Experiment on scrap fabric until you learn how tightly you need to pull the floss to create a perfect stitch.

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If you are a beginner stitcher prefer to use Aida cloth. Its weave forms clearly distinctive squares in the fabric, which eases the placing of stitches.
Another option is using waste canvas. It forms a grid for stitching which can be easily removed later.
As you stitch, the thread will tend to get twisted. Every once in a while, let your needle and thread hang freely to let it unwind.
First and foremost, always make sure to have clean hands when stitching. Oils from your skin transfer easily to cross stitch fabric and over time create stains that are not easy to remove. The best way to avoid this is to avoid the problem in the first place. Train your family not to touch your projects unless they have freshly cleaned hands. Better yet, tell them to keep off the fabric and floss!
If you want to iron your cross-stitch project, set your iron to its lowest "Warm" setting. While ironing place your cross-stitch project on top of two or three smooth towels right side down.
You can use another flat towel to put over the back of the fabric ,to safely iron your cross-stitch design.