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.