Tools and Materials Required for Neat Cross-stitching

As a mom, you might sometimes need a relaxing activity to unwind a little. Being a mother is a tough job, you’ll experience a lot of tests like how you should choose the best travelling gear for your baby. Before you were a mom, travelling is a way to unwind but now, it’s kinda stressful. But everything’s worth it when you see your baby smile. Visit hellobabybump.com for more mommy tips but for now, let’s focus on a mind-relaxing hobby, and that is cross-stitching.

Cross-stitching is a beautiful embroidery style used to prepare attractive designs on home articles and stylish dresses. You can start with small projects like making a table runner and proceed on to embroider a bed sheet or a curtain. This counted thread embroidery trend can be utilized to place very intricate patterns on fabric.

If your passion is to embroider, then you must attempt cross stitching which is one of the easiest stitches to learn. The things you will require are the following:

Design sheet with color reference

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The very first requirement is the design sheet. You can get a design of your choice in magazines, embroidery books or even on websites. Select an easy or intricate design to suit your skill level. Ensure that the design has well defined and numbered key reference for colors.

Fabric

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The second requirement is your fabric. Cross stitch needs counting of squares on the fabric. So the most suitable fabric for cross- stitching is Cotton Aida or some other even-weave material of desired color.

Embroidery floss

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The third material required is the embroidery floss. The design sheet will provide you with the keys for the colors of the floss. These have six strands and you can use 2, 3 or 6 strands according to the thickness of the fabric and requirement of your design.

Needles

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Blunt tipped tapestry needles are most suitable for cross stitching.

Embroidery hoops or scroll bars

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The stitches go even and the work becomes neat if the fabric remains taut and stretched evenly. You will need to have a hoop or a scroll bar for this purpose.

Scissors

A pair of sharp scissors is most essential for trimming and cutting floss. A larger sized scissor will be needed if you have to trim your fabric.

Magnifiers

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Magnifiers are needed for working with multi-shaded complicated design. They help to enlarge the design and make counting of stitches more convenient.

Magnetic needle holder

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You will need a magnetic needle holder to help you keep your needles safe and within your reach. Dropping of needles here and there can cause minor accidents too.

Lighting

Working in broad daylight is best for needle craft projects. However, if you get free time only at night, you should also have some proper lighting arrangement.

Arrange for these and enjoy your cross stitching project.

Unique Cross Stitch Designs

Cross Stitching is great fun if you love it though it can prove tough if it’s not your interest. Practice holds the key when it comes to getting good at cross stitching and one you master the main art, everything would become easy. It would then depend on your imagination and your ability to make your ideas a reality.

I am sharing a few of my best designs so as to help you in finding inspiration for your own ideas.

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You must be wondering as to what that is! Well, they are basically just the germs and microbes which are neatly stitched. If you are a biology student then you can actually get inspiration from your own course books.

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Rather than writing the alphabets on a board or notebook to make your child learn, it is better to stitch these alphabets to make things easier for you. They will learn the shapes and can quickly adopt.

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You can also create different shapes and designs according to your choices. Look at this design. It looks like a sun but the rays are curvy. You can design any shape and add some uniqueness to it. If you are creative then it is not a hard task to design anything unique but your sewing must be perfect in order to get the desired results.

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For any upcoming marriage of your friend or family member, this cross stitched bride and groom will be ideal to give as a marriage gift. I made pattern for my aunt’s wedding but I used more colors because I wanted to make sure that that the pattern represented the colorful environment of the wedding. For events like marriages, you can try different things like wishing them through your statement with even fireworks as background.

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This pattern is one of my favorites. This eye-catcher is cross stitched by one of my relatives. She is excellent in her work and the above picture says it all. The neatness in this design is exemplary and is a must when designing unique cross stitched items.

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This is another one of my cousin’s masterpieces. The use of colors in the pattern is amazing and it all adds up to set a wonderful evening scene in the pattern.

If you want to create awesome designs and unique patterns, what’s important is to ensure that you let your imagination do the main work. Your skills at cross stitching though should be great as well so that the picture in your mind is translated exactly on paper.