Diversion is one of the most important things you can do to turn your attention away from everyday life's stresses. There are so many hobbies you can indulge in. One of the most popular hobbies millions of people are interested in is cross stitching. Should you be interested in this needlework craft, find out below the things you need to learn on how to cross stitch.
The first thing you need to be familiarized with is the set of cross stitch supplies. These include fabric, thread and needle, and of course a pattern to follow. The most commonly used fabric is called Aida cloth. This is made from 100% cotton. This is best recommended to beginners as it has bigger and more clear holes, which make it easier to work on.
The Aida cloth is available in different sizes and fabric counts, such as 8, 11, 14, 16 and 18 blocks in 2.5cm. This is also available in different colors, namely beige and white. The plain colored Aida fabric cloth can also be dyed according to your preference.
As for the threads to be used, the most popularly brand is DMC. This thread has so many color variants. Each color could have as much as 10 variant shades, light or dark. The handwork needle is typically the one with the rounded edge. Such a needle is preferred as it is less likely to puncture unnecessary holes in the cloth.
Another important thing you need to get started stitching is the pattern. There are so many designs you can transfer from a mere drawing into beautiful cross stitch embroidery. You can choose from quotes, images of popular people, birds, fruits – any thing under the sun!
To make your new needlework hobby easier, you might want to invest into kits. These are typically inclusive of all the materials – pattern, fabric, thread and needle. At times, the pattern is already drawn into the fabric to make the stitching much more convenient.
Now that you are already familiar with the basic supplies for this needlework endeavor, your next task is to learn the different stitches needed on how to cross stitch. There are basically five of them.
The first one is the cross stitch. This is actually two half stitches the overlap each other to form an "X" per block in the cloth. The next one is the half stitch that runs diagonally (left or right direction). The third one is the quarter stitch, which is half the size of the previous stitch type. The fourth one is the three-quarter stitch, which looks like a "Y" as a combination of the half and quarter stitches. Finally, the back stitch which is used for outlining other stitches.
All these types of stitches are often used in a single pattern. Other patterns might need other types of stitches. The key then is for you to choose firstly choose the easy designs for now. As you develop your cross stitching skills, you can then move forward to more elaborate designs.
Given these basic tips on how to cross stitch, you could surely jumpstart your new hobby with so much ease!