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Sea-Habitants


Even if you think your hands are clean, you should wash them before you touch your cross-stitch fabric or your floss (embroidery thread).
Fish
94 x 83 stitches 16 colors
Shell
97 x 97 stitches 11 colors
Whale
49 x 69 stitches 3 colors
Octopus
134 x 127 stitches 9 colors
Fish
71 x 107 stitches 8 colors
Shark
117 x 81 stitches 15 colors
Manta
94 x 67 stitches 1 colors
Fish
69 x 69 stitches 10 colors
Crayfish
54 x 87 stitches 4 colors
Shell
78 x 61 stitches 21 colors



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Good lighting makes or breaks a cross stitch project. Proper lighting prevents floss color confusion. Adequate lighting prevents improper stitch placement. It also makes the chart much easier to read. Light sources do not have to be expensive.

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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!
Most experts recommend prewashing the fabric before you start stitching the designs. Some even wash the floss.I suppose if you suspect that the floss will run it is better to be safe that wait till all the hardwork is over for it to start bleeding all over the work.
Most people start stitching the design from the center. You can find the center of the design by folding the design lengthwise and crosswise. Finger press and find your center. Mark this. Even if you donot start stitching from the center it is good to know.
The best way to do cross stitch is to do the first half of each stitch in a row done first then go back and finish the next half. This way you get all the stitches slanting in the same direction. It is very important that the slant is in the same direction for the top thread and the bottom thread of the cross stitch for all the stitches.

But there are expert cross stitchers who do individual cross stitches ( titching the full cross stitch as you go) and do a very good job of it. So each to his/ her own.