I assume that you yourself understand this, but still I will say. It is very important to wash your hands before touching the fabric or thread. Of course, you are going to wash the finished cross stitch design, but why make it dirtier?
In case you use a thread or fabric that is hand-dyed wash them in advance so that they do not stain your handwork.
Unwind your thread from time to time. Just leave the needle and let the thread loose - it will unwind itself... Or help it a little to unwind.
Do this every few stitches, otherwise the texture will be uneven and the fabric will show through your stitches too much.
Material Type: Aida Generic White
Sewing Count: 14/inch or 55/100mm
Design Size: 198 x 198 stitches
Sewn Design Size: 14.1 x 14.1 inches or 359 x 359 mm
Suggested Material Size: 20 x 20 inches or 509 x 509 mm
Stitch Style: Cross-stitch Using 2 strands
In cross-stitching correct tension is important. Having too strong or too loose of a tension can totally destroy the impression of your project. The threads should be flat against the fabric you are using, but not too tight, so that they are actually pulling the fabric in any way.
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