Cross-stitching can be done in a bunch of different ways, depending on how neat you want to keep it. When the really talented embroidery pro’s show the back of their embroidery it usually looks as good as the front. They tend to put a lot of effort into making it that way, but if you don’t it can easily end up like a bird’s nest - and that is OK, too!
As a beginner it can be a lot to keep track of so we think it’s more important to actually create something than making everything perfect from the start.
Cross-stitches can be done either one at the time or by making them one row at the time as half-stitches one way and completed crosses on the way back.
A single cross-stitch is created by pricking the needle through from the back to the front. Then pulling it through to the back again by pricking the hole in the cloth diagonally to where the needle went up. This creates a half-stitch.
To create a cross-stitch you need to move the needle on the back of the cloth and prick it through the hole right below the one you just used. Then, while on the front, prick it through to the back again by moving it to the diagonal on the opposite side. (See the illustration below)
Often you’ll find you need to make several crosses of the same color right next to each other. The most effective way to do this is to first make them as half-stitches one way and complete the crosses by stitching them the way back.
Kors som är sammanlänkade men på höjden görs oftast ett i taget.
PRO TIP: To make your embroidery look really neat and tidy you need to make sure you always make your crosses in the same direction. The first half of any cross-stitch should be directed up-right and the second half-stitch (making it a cross-stitch) should be directed down-left.
It is not uncommon that your embroidery pattern contains spaces between the crosses. Either an actual space or that there is another color in between. Sometimes the space is small, 1-2 squares, but sometimes it can be as much as 4 or more. Depending on the distance you can handle this in a couple of ways.
For short distances of 1-2 squares you can easily skip the space by just letting the thread run on the back of the fabric.
If you’ve stitched stitches right next to the space you can also thread the thread through those stitches on the back, keeping the thread in place.
PLEASE NOTE: We do not recommend skipping too many squares, especially with dark/strong colors since they might be visible from the front. Instead we recommend fastening the thread at the end of the section and starting over with a new thread at the new section.
For patterns with more than one color you need to switch the threads once in a while. Some prefer to complete all crosses of a color before they switch to the next color and some prefer to complete a smaller section completely at the time. You decide which way works best for you. Just make sure to fasten the thread when you switch color.
When you’re running out of thread on your needle or you’re done with a section you need to secure the thread. You do this by pulling the needle and thread through the stitches you most recently made on the back of the fabric, as if the stitches are a tunnel. When the thread is pulled through a couple of stitches (4-5) you can cut the thread.