How To Do Counted Cross Stitch

How To Do Counted Cross Stitch

This video shows great tips on how to do and count number of cross stitches from colored drawings and colorless one that use the same principles.

Hi! My name is Aliza from Seam So Easy, www.seamsoeasy.com.

I have been sewing for fifteen years. Today, I am going to show you some stitches. It is always advisable to start a pattern at the center.

Now, on the paper also, you mark your center and usually the center raw is marked by arrows like that, one vertical and the other one horizontal. So what you'll do is you join those and there you have your center point. So now, you take the fabric and bring your needle up from the left hand corner and leave about an inch also and then you take it up to the right hand across the right hand, bring it down again.

You have to be careful not to pull down the thread too hard. If you pull it hard, what will happen is, it will be like that where you get not a nice stitch. Again, you take the thread from the top right hand corner down to the bottom left hand corner, left hand corner down to the bottom right hand corner, have to go across.

So here, you will go this way. Again, another important thing is that you must have the thread all going in one direction. If you can see that one is that way and here also, so the top thread is that way.

That is very important for the finish to be nice. Now, you find that here if you can't take this scarce, there will be one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. So you do seven stitches across like that.

Right! I haven't done seven stitches here. When you come to the end, then you go take the next stitch up which is that one and that one is going diagonal. It's not straight up.

It's diagonal stitch. So you go diagonally up like that. You see that you just pass your nail through about three or four stitches at the back.

And just cut it off. That's how you do that little bit. The other type uses symbols instead of color.

The dash, the little dashes here is for the white color. The numbers that they give you and you follow the symbols in the same way as you would if you had a color chart. .