1. Protect your fabric
Some embroidery fabrics have edges that fray easily.
So your fabric gets smaller and smaller while you are stitching. Help!
Avoid this by sewing a zigzag stitch on all the edges of the fabric. You can do this by hand or with a sewing machine. And if you have a serger you can finish this task quicker.
Curious to see an even quicker way? Read this blog for the quickest way to stop embroidery fabric from fraying
3. Start in the middle of your fabric.
When you start cross stitching in the centre of your fabric you ensure you have plenty of room for your pattern.
You can quickly find the center of your fabric. Fold your double. Now double it again. Take a needle and insert it in the corner. Now open your fabric again. The needle will point you to the center.
On our patterns we include a triangle at the centre grid line and collumn. Follow both triangles and you will see where the centre of your pattern is.
4. Split your floss
Embroidery floss is usually sold in skeins with 6 strands that you can easily split. Depending on your fabric you will to use 1-6 strands.
If you stitch on Aida 14 count fabric, you will get the most beautiful result when using 2 strands of floss.
Take your embroidery floss skein. Cut a lenght of 1 meter. Take 1 strand (from the 6) and pull it. This will give 1 strand. take as many strands as you need for your project.
Read this blog to see how many strands of floss you need for your fabric.
5. Wash your hands
In Corona times we probably don’t need to say that. You wash your hands all the time. And your skin may have a desperate need for lotion.
Stop there. Don’t use those oily soaps or creams yet. They will stain your fabric.
Make sure you dry your hands well after washing them. It may sound a bit like your teacher talking, but it’s such a disappointment if you ruin your work.
6. Bonus tip for digital pattern buyers: Print your pattern.
We like to use a pen to mark all the completed stitches. But hey – your memory skills may be a lot better than ours.