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Cross Stitch Tricks: Sewing a Graph


Sewing a Graph to Follow Cross Stitch Patterns by Shirley Hamilton, Healy, KS

I graph my material I'm using for a project just like the pattern is graphed. I use plain sewing thread and graph 10x10 squares. You then need to work underneath the thread with each cross stitch or you might not be able to pull it out when the project is done. This saves so much time and I find I don't make near as many mistakes. It's easier to count large squares than hundreds of tiny squares.

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I always make sure to use a thread close to the color of the canvas when blocking out my ten by ten grid for counted cross stitch. That way if I miss a bit of thread it won't show on the finished project. I find cross stitch so relaxing. I've had this one hanging on my wall for years. I am not sure how popular this craft is at this time. Does anyone still cross stitch?

there is also a red plastic filiment that is sold in various cross stitch catalogs and web sites called easy-count guidline to do this with - that way you don't have to worry about catching your thread - I pull it out of a completed project, store it in baggies and reuse it over and over - it's the only way to stitch - I even graph my little, simple patterns - just saves a huge amount of time

Another great idea!

Great Idea, thanks. I have alway colored in the pattern with a light blue pencil as I complete the stiches, but this idea will help in the reading of the pattern.


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