Danielle's Diary — cross stitch fun

Types of Thread

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Thread Types Stranded cotton is the most popular thread for cross stitch and DMC have manufactured stranded cotton for over 100 years. DMC stranded cotton is made up of 6 loosely twisted strands of mercerized cotton. It is extremely adaptable and gives great results. The main DMC colour range has 447 shades with additional shades available in variegated colours. DMC Satin thread is also made up of 6 loosely twisted strands. It has the same colour numbers as DMC stranded cotton and can easily be exchanged to add a silky, glamorous finish to designs. DMC Light Effects metallic threads are...

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Fabric Preparation

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Fabric Preparation 1. Press the fabric to remove any creases. Turn under 0.5cm on each edge and tack to prevent fraying. Roll, rather than fold the fabric when it is not being stitched to prevent further creasing. 2. Sort your threads by following the key provided with your chart or kit. If two colours are similar, they may be identified by counting the number of lengths in each colour. Write each code number against a hole in the thread organiser and thread the appropriate lengths through the hole. You may need more than one hole where there are more than...

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How to Start Stitching

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How to Start Stitching If you are using a kit take out all the components and check them off against the contents list, if necessary sort out the threads and label them, Decide if you are using a hoop or frame for the project and don't forget to wash your hands before handling the fabric as this helps to prevent the fabric from becoming dirty or stained. Fold your fabric into quarters, this is to find the centre where the stitching starts and is essential to the presentation of your finished piece. Some stitchers then do a running stitch down...

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How to Cross Stitch

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  How to Cross Stitch Each block on the chart represents one block on the fabric and each cross stitch is worked over one block on the fabric. Each length of stranded cotton is made up of six strands. Pull out one strand at a time and then recombine them for stitching. Use two strands for cross stitch and one strand for back stitch, unless the kit instructions state otherwise. Don't start or finish with a knot. To start, leave about 2.5cm of thread at the back of the fabric and secure this with the first few stitches. Finish by...

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Blah!

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Blah!

It’s a strange sort of day today, an odd feeling of quiet in the office, I think it is just me though, sort of like when you actually finish a mammoth task and sit back and think ‘well, what do I do now?’. The usual suspects of coffee, tea, biscuits, chocolate etc are not helping to lift the feeling either. Anyone else get this ever? Maybe a bit of fresh air is in order, a saunter around the block might provoke some inspiration. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Happy stitching,   Danielle PS - this pose about covers...

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