How to Make the French Knot Easier

written by Katrina Renouf

French knots are the bane of any stitcher. Many will completely avoid any pattern that calls for them while others will just suffer through them, never being satisfied with the results. There are ways to make the knot easier though.

One tip that I’ve heard is to use a beading needle. Since it is so much smaller, the knot won’t be pulled through the fabric. I still recommend using two threads and wrapping it twice around the needle though. [Read more…]

No Sew Cross Stitch Ornaments and Magnets

written by professional model stitcher Stacy Wells for Stitching the Night Away

Ornaments are such fun quick finishes. Hand made ornaments look great on any tree; make great presents and gift tags. I even hang some from doorknobs, and lamp switches. They stitch up so quickly, but sometimes finishing them into ornaments takes longer than stitching them. This is a quick no sew finish for a nice ornament. [Read more…]

Dye Your Own Cross Stitch Floss

written by Professional Model Stitcher Stacey Wells for Stitching the Night Away

You’ve seen all those pretty variegated hand dyed flosses? Well wouldn’t it be nice to be able to dye your own? You could do it. This is how I’ve dyed some of my own floss. [Read more…]

Finishing a Cross Stitch Bookmark

written by Professional Model Stitcher Stacey Wells for Stitching the Night Away

Bookmarks are great quickies to stitch up. Nice gifts for Teachers or just that special reader in your life. They are also often done for exchanges or charities. Here are a couple of neat ways of finishing the bookmark if you are not using a pre-finished item: [Read more…]

Making a Quilt from Your Finished Cross Stitch Pieces

written by Pam Cirincione (aka Sleepy) for Stitching the Night Away

Need a gift? Make a quilt!

Do you have a wedding or baby shower coming up and just don’t know what to give as a gift? Have you looked at your stitching and wanted to do something different with it? How about make a quilt?

I’m not talking about a quilt with hundreds of swatches of fabric precisely cut and pieced together to form an intricate design. I’m talking about a quilt, with your stitching at the center, sewn together with colorful, color coordinated fabric, to make a comfy throw or a baby blanket. It’s really easy! [Read more…]

Floss & Bead Conversion Chart

Below is a basic conversion for DMC, Anchor, J&P, Gentle Arts Sampler Threads and Mill Hill Beads. The chart is based on DMC colors which are in the first column. If a number is not listed in the chart we couldn’t find a suitable conversion for that number. It’s been awhile since I’ve gone through the list, so it might not be perfect, but still a handy reference. [Read more…]

Washing Your Finished Cross Stitch Piece

After you are finished cross stitching and before you frame your piece it is a good idea to wash your piece in order to get rid of the natural oils left behind from your hands as well as any soiling that may have occurred during your stitching time.

This process is not as frightening as it may sound. In most cases hand washing is the best way to go. [Read more…]

Purchasing a Kit vs Purchasing a Chart and Supplies Separately

Many new stitchers wonder what the difference is between purchasing a cross stitch kit and purchasing the chart and supplies separately. Many cross stitch designs come in both kit and chart only forms. There are several things to consider for this popular stitcher’s dilemma.

1) Your personal preferences.

Fabric. Do you prefer a certain type of fabric? Would you rather stitch on linen than on aida? What about the color of fabric in the kit; do you want white fabric or colored fabric for your background? Would you rather purchase a hand-dyed fabric for this project?

Threads. Do you prefer a certain brand over another brand? Are all the colors of the brand you wish to use available to you easily for purchasing or will you have to hunt for missing colors required to stitch your project? Would you like to maybe substitute certain types of threads used in the project (i.e. … use an over dyed thread in a border instead of a solid color or replace a multi colored section with a variegated thread)

Beads. If any beads are used in the project are you comfortable using them or would you rather eliminate them and use Colonial Knots or French Knots instead? Brand is a preference for some for beads as well; some prefer the structure of one brand over another. [Read more…]

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