Cross stitching is super-easy … seriously!! Once you’ve learnt the basic stitches and get used to reading a graph, you can stitch any design … and maybe even design your own
These instructions assume you are using Australian Tapestry Workshop 2-ply wool that is included with all my kits.
EXTRA HINTS AND TIPS
- Before starting to stitch, measure the middle of the canvas, and count to make sure you have enough room.
- On the graph, one square = one stitch, in the colour indicated on the Legend.
- When working with a graph, some people like to use a highlighter pen to mark the stitches completed, or colour in the graph to correspond with the wool colours. If you want to mark the canvas, make sure you use a permanent waterproof marker.
- I work on a needlepoint frame to avoid distorting the canvas – it is also quicker, as you can use both hands while stitching. See below for a pic of me with my beloved frame
- It is a good idea to complete the main patterns first, then fill in the background later – this ensures an even finish.
- My larger designs are suitable for making into a cushion, or a wall hanging – it’s up to you! I use professionals for finishing, as I don’t want to ruin something I’ve just taken a very long time to stitch! Some of my designs have been stretched over a wooden frame by art stretchers – this is great if you have way too many cushions in the house already