Ann Logan

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Remember, cross-stitch is considered counted embroidery.
So count count count count again and double check your counting. It really helps minimize mistakes.
Gridding save you a lot of time (and your sanity too). Cross stitch is meant to be relaxing. Make your hobby hugely beneficial for your mental and physical health.
Stones
106 x 83 stitches 10 colors
Desert
196 x 97 stitches 27 colors
Nut
27 x 20 stitches 11 colors
Sunset
219 x 184 stitches 24 colors
Sail
85 x 94 stitches 5 colors
River
166 x 105 stitches 27 colors
Woodpecker
35 x 45 stitches 3 colors
Bonsai
66 x 73 stitches 4 colors
Birdhouse
130 x 146 stitches 17 colors
Stump
156 x 118 stitches 14 colors



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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.

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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.
You can cross stitch on different kinds of evenweave fabric. It may be evenweave linen, Aida cloth, waste canvas etc. It is largely a matter of your personal preference.
Just remember: the number of stitches per inch (or per cm) can drastically change the look of your ready project.
Fabric with a higher stitch will produce smaller and finer designs.
Before washing your cross-stitch project, just check the fibers for colorfastness to prevent dyes from running. It is simple: dampen a piece of white cloth with water and gently rub it over each different color in your piece. If there is any color transfer to the white cloth don’t wash your piece if you want prevent your work from discoloration and fading.
Everyone has trouble seeing stitches when she/he stitches white on white. The trick is to put a piece of black material behind the canvas. This will provide contrast between canvas and the white thread.