How to Do a Stamped Cross Stitch

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How to Do a Stamped Cross Stitch. Some cross-stitch kits come with blank fabric and a chart that explains where to put each stitch. This is known as a counted cross stitch. In the stamped cross stitch the chart is stamped directly on the fabric, so instead of counting stitches to place them you simply stitch over the pattern on the fabric, matching colors of embroidery floss to the stamped colors.

Unfold your canvas and have a look at the pattern. It probably came in a kit that includes a tapestry needle--this is longer and blunter than your typical sewing needle--and some colored embroidery floss. If these items were not included you'll need to buy them; there should be a chart in or on the packaging that specifies which colors of floss to purchase.

Thread your needle. Embroidery floss usually comes in bundles made up of six strands apiece, and you need to separate out as many strands of each color as called for in the instructions before threading the needle. Most patterns use two strands.

Find the center of the stamped pattern by folding and creasing the fabric. Start there and work outward, stitching an "X" from corner to corner in each of the colored squares. Match the color of embroidery floss you use to the colors stamped on the fabric. Stitch only where colors are stamped; do not venture into the white areas.

Each "X" is made up of two stitches: one from upper left to lower right corner, the other from upper right to lower left. Your stamped cross stitch will have a fuller, more finished appearance if you keep these uniform, with one stitch or the other always on top--in other words, stitched last.

Anchor the ends of your embroidery floss by working it under other stitches on the back of the fabric when you start and finish each set of strands. Doing it this way, instead of using knots, helps to preserve a clean and flat face on your finished craft.

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