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Cross stitching has been around since the middle ages. But it is making a comeback among modern crafters. It was traditionally used to embellish household decor such as table linens. This form of embroidery is now commonly used as framed pieces of art. Modern-day designs are quirky, fun, and experimental. Like any art or craft, you are only limited by your imagination. Cross stitching can be an accessible, easy to learn, fun needlecraft. Get started on this engaging hobby and get your hands busy. Purchase cross stitching kits from Craft Club, which feature fresh and bright designs that provide pop to any room.
What is cross-stitching?
Cross stitching follows a grid pattern. It almost seems like a forebear of the digital pixel. It is composed mainly of X-shapes. The final design appears structured and boxy. Most cross-stitching is completed using coloured cotton floss stitched on woven fabric. These fabrics have built-in grids to guide every stitch. For novice stitchers, Aida fabric is the best due to its precise holes and open weave. But you can utilise fine linen for cross stitching as well.
Cross stitch also requires colourful embroidery floss. These are sold in multi-strand skeins. Most charts will instruct crafters to separate 2 to 3 strands at a time. In contrast to needlepoint which uses numerous shapes and sizes of stitches, the crossed stitch can seem more straightforward. But it can be used to accomplish intricate and beautiful designs. You don’t have to hurry through stores to purchase cross stitch supplies separately. Craft Club has cross stitching supplies organised in a kit. These beginner-friendly kits can get you started on this craft in no time. The bright and fun designs from craft club cross stitch kits are pieces you can proudly hang on your wall.
How do I start cross-stitching?
Choose your cross-stitch supplies
Whenever you start a new craft, you can quickly become confused with all the supplies you need to purchase. Just browsing the cross-stitch aisle in craft stores can leave you overwhelmed. You have many questions running through your mind.
For your first project, you must start with the nitty-gritties. Light-coloured Aida fabric is the best for beginners. You will also need embroidery floss, needles, an embroidery hoop, and scissors. This serves as your basic kit. You can always add more as you progress in this hobby.
The first stitch
Cross stitch is based on a single stitch. The cross stitch makes an X mark on the cloth utilising embroidery floss. Completing the initial stitch requires a couple of steps.
It is easy to learn, but there are some tips that you will want to know right off the bat. For instance, it is crucial to lock the floss so your stitches don’t unravel.
Understand fabric count
Aida is the fabric of choice for cross stitching projects. It is woven and has small holes that can be stitched into. Linen is another excellent choice, but with this cloth, your first stitch is the most important. You can also utilise plastic canvas or waste canvas. But it is recommended that you become familiar with Aida cloth first.
When selecting fabric for cross stitching, the colour is crucial since it is the backdrop for the design. You also need to pay attention to the fabric count. It will determine how specific your final project will be.
Needles are a part of your essentials in your cross-stitching supply. A couple of specialty tools are required for cross-stitching. These are the embroidery hoops and the needles. The hoop is required to keep your work flat while you stitch. The needle does the stitching.
Most beginners do not realise just how many needle options can be used for cross stitch. For this craft, you can use a tapestry needle. But even this option comes with an entire slew of possibilities.
Reading cross stitch patterns
Cross stitch patterns serve as a guide to your project. You must learn how to interpret them. In contrast to patterns for knitting or crochet, cross-stitch does not use many words in the instructions. Instead, you must be able to read the picture on the grid.
Fortunately, cross stitch patterns are relatively standard. Once you can interpret one pattern, you will be able to read any design. The patterns will include a key that serves as a code for the pattern. It uses colours and symbols to represent specific colours of embroidery floss to use.
This may sound complicated, but you will exactly know what to do in your next projects after you have finished your first cross stitch design.
Do you need a little push to get started on a creative hobby? Need a bit of inspiration? Crafty kits from Craft Club will give you the kick you need. We provide you with the convenience of online shopping to get started on your craft in no time.
Craft Club’s cross-stitching kits are simple and easy to follow. We want to make sure that beginner crafters can start and finish one of our modern projects in no time. Our cross stitching kits come with everything you need to get started. It will include fabric, coloured strands, wooden hoops, needles and detailed instructions. Get started with your very own craft kit today and beat lockdown boredom.
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