Tips Of Cross Stitch

1.How To Embroider?

When embroidering, you need to determine the core of the midpoint. The core of determining the midpoint is to ensure that the embroidered pattern is located in the middle of the cross checkered cloth. In the embroidery process, it is necessary to constantly calculate the starting position of the cross stitch line of each color according to the pattern. The easiest way is to count the coordinates of the midpoint of the cross check cloth. When starting to use the first cross stitch thread, please reserve an inch-long thread tail behind the cross check cloth. Hold the end of the thread with your fingers, and then start making the cross stitch. During the embroidery process, the stitches will fix the thread tails. After finishing a cross stitch thread, just use the narrowing stitch method behind the cross check cloth and cut off the remaining line segments. If you want to use a new cross-stitch thread, pass the needle and cross-stitch thread through the bottom of a few stitches near the position where you restarted embroidery (similar to the narrowing cross-stitch embroidery method).

2.The difference between printed/stamped cross stitch and white cloth cross stitch

Printing /stamped Cross Stitch
The cross stitch with printed pattern on the cloth, the cross-stitch pattern is completely printed on the embroidered cloth with special ink, and the pattern is guaranteed to be clear and easy to distinguish, and the cross stitch is soluble in water.
It is more precise than ordinary cross stitch, making embroidery easier and simpler.

Counted Cross Stitch
There is no printed pattern on the embroidered cloth, you need to count the grids on the embroidered cloth according to the instructions to embroider.

3. What is 9CT,11CT, 14CT, 16CT And 18CT ?

(1) 9CT, 11CT, 14CT, 16CT, and 18CT refer to the different counts of Aida cloth used for cross-stitch embroidery. These counts are calculated based on how many squares (also known as "mesh") there are per inch, with higher counts indicating smaller squares and allowing for more detailed stitching.

9CT: 9 squares per inch, with larger squares; suitable for beginners or projects that need to be completed quickly.

11CT: 11 squares per inch, one of the most common counts, with medium-sized squares; suitable for most cross-stitch projects.

14CT: 14 squares per inch, another very common count, with smaller squares than 11CT; suitable for most projects with a moderate level of detail.

16CT: 16 squares per inch, finer than 14CT, allowing for even more detailed designs.

18CT: 18 squares per inch, very fine and suitable for high-quality, highly detailed designs.


(2)Classification of CT and Canvas in Biggest Craft

9CT Stamped:9CT Stamped 4 strands (canvas with printing)

9CT Counted:9CT Counted 4 strands (no printed canvas)

11CT Stamped:11CT Stamped 3 strands (canvas with printing)

11CT Counted:11CT Counted 3 strands (no printed canvas)

14CT Stamped:14CT Stamped 2 strands (canvas with printing)

14CT Counted:14CT Counted 2 strands (no printed canvas)

16CT Stamped:16CT Stamped 2 strands (canvas with printing)

16CT Counted:16CT Counted 2 strands (no printed canvas)

18CT Stamped:18CT Stamped 2 strands (canvas with printing)

18CT Counted:18CT Counted 2 strands (no printed canvas)

4.How to wash printed/Stamped cross stitch?

Cleaning printed cross-stitch requires special care to avoid damaging the embroidery. Here are some basic steps for cleaning:


(1) Before cleaning, check the embroidery for any loose or broken threads. If there are any, repair them first.


(2) Fill a sink or basin with warm water and a small amount of neutral detergent and stir gently to dissolve.


(3) Place the printed/stamped cross stitch in the water and massage it gently by hand for a few minutes. Do not rub or scrub the embroidery too hard to avoid damaging the threads.


(4) Remove the embroidery from the water and rinse thoroughly with clean water to remove all soap and dirt.


(5) Gently squeeze out excess water, but do not twist or stretch the embroidery.


(6)Use a towel to blot away excess water and then lay the embroidery flat on a towel to air dry.


Note that printed/stamped cross stitch may fade or bleed, so it is best to wash it separately and not mix it with other items. Also, if you are unsure about how to clean printed/stamped cross-stitch, it is best to test a small area first.

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