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Stuck in a sewing rut? Our top tips will help you get to grips with the art of cross stitching
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You should always work in a well-lit space. Cross stitching requires a lot of concentration and focus, so be kind to your eyes.