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Sri-Lanka


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.
Thuparamaya
225 x 169 stitches 40 colors
Sri Lanka Beach
225 x 169 stitches 30 colors
Kandyan Dancer
145 x 209 stitches 28 colors
Elephants in Kandy Perahera
476 x 319 stitches 29 colors
Buddhist Dagoba
119 x 120 stitches 25 colors
Sanghamitta
117 x 163 stitches 30 colors
Princess Hemamala
122 x 156 stitches 30 colors
Sri Lanka
270 x 141 stitches 30 colors
Sri Lanka
167 x 114 stitches 30 colors
Sri Lankan Kandian Dancer
99 x 160 stitches 29 colors



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Prepare your fabric for the cross stitch work.

You should finish the edges of the fabric you are working with prior to embroidering. This is especially important if you are working a very fraying cloth like aida.

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As you stitch cross stitches, the floss tends to twist and eventually knot. The simple solution is to frequently dangle the needle and floss allowing it to untwist. Once you get into a routine, you will do this without thinking. Until you do, consciously take this step every few stitches.
Don't leave the project in the hoop overnight. When you're done cross-stitching for the day don't forget to take it out of the hoop. Your embroidery project needs rest to!
And another important thing. No matter which direction your top leg of stitch is going, but please be sure that they are all going in the same direction.
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.
Preserving the direction of your stitches is very importent. Once you choose it don't change, stick with it unless your project specifically calls for it. It helps you to avoid your project looking haphazard and sloppy.