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7 Essential Cross Stitch Tips

7 Essential Cross Stitch Tips

Stuck in a sewing rut? Our top tips will help you get to grips with the art of cross stitching

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The first step is to gather your tools to ensure a smooth process. You'll need evenweave or linen fabric, needles, hoops, thread and scissors.

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If you're trying to decide whether you absolutely need a hoop, we're here to tell you that you do! Hoops are necessary to keep your fabric taut and give better tension, as well as help prevent distortion.

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Always wash your hands before you start stitching, as there's nothing more frustrating than a messy project. Avoid hand creams too, as they can leave a greasy residue.

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Preparation is key before starting a project, so to ensure your fabric doesn't fray, stick the edges down with masking or painter's tape.

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Made a mistake? Don't panic! You can easily unpick mistakes, but just be sure to use rolled-up sellotape to remove any remaining fluff.

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Easy does it! Try not to pull too hard on knots. Pulling gently, yet firmly is key to releasing tangles that may occur as you stitch.

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You should always work in a well-lit space. Cross stitching requires a lot of concentration and focus, so be kind to your eyes.