To begin, work a narrow hem or overlock stitch around your fabric to prevent fraying of the edges. Fold the fabric in half, then half again, finger press lightly. Run a basting stitch along each fold line to mark the center of the fabric. (These will be removed when stitching is finished.)
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 70/inch or 278/100mm
Design Size: 48 x 40 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 0.7 x 0.6 inches or 17 x 14 mm
Suggested Material Size: 6.6 x 6.5 inches or 167 x 164 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 1 strand
Tension in your stitching is by far the easiest thing to correct, especially if you’re using a hoop – pull tight but not so tight that you stretch the hole at all. If you stitch in hand you have to be more careful.
I find that pulling the thread mostly through and then using my little finger in the hand holding the needle to “flick” the tail the final bit gives perfect tension and is reproducible for each stitch. Pay attention to the tension you’re applying as, if you stitch in different directions or do “patches” of stitching over the piece, you’ll pull it in weird directions.
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