There are a handful of mistakes I see a lot of cross stitch enthusiasts making from newbies or novices. I’m not a super picky stitcher by any means, but these few things can make a huge difference in your finished project and if you’re mindful of them while stitching your next project I think you’ll be happy with the results.
Mistake #1: Leaving the project in the hoop or q-snap overnight.
Please, I beg you to stop torturing your cross stitch project in such a way. When you’re done stitching for the day take the project out of the hoop (or scroll frame, or q-snap, or whatever you’re using to hold your fabric taught) and let the project rest. Your stitching needs it beauty sleep too.
Stitcher’s Note: If you’re using a scroll frame or other frame where the fabric is sewn onto or more fixedly attached to the device it is recommended that you loosen the tension slightly to leave the project rest overnight and when you’re not stitching.
Mistake #2: Not crossing stitches in the same direction.
This one isn’t really a big deal, but it is something makes the finished piece look better. It doesn’t matter which direction your top leg of cross stitch is going, just be sure they are all going the same direction. Consistency is really the key here.
Stitcher’s Note: Right handed stitchers usually have the top leg going bottom left to top right. Left handed stitchers usually have the top leg going from bottom right to top left.
Mistake #3: Not stopping to untangle the tangled floss.
It happens to all of us at some point during almost every project, the floss gets tangled and BAM there’s a knot in it. I know untangling it is a huge pain in the you know what, however if you’re going to frame the finished piece you don’t want those bumps getting in the way later.
Stitcher’s Note: If you know for a fact that you are NOT framing the piece when finished then by all means feel free to leave those tangles in there and stitch onward!
Those are just a few simple common mistakes that we all make, even me and I’ve been cross stitching since I was eight years old. If you take the necessary steps to avoid these mistakes I promise you that you’ll be very happy with the results when you’ve finished stitching your next project.
Kind Regards and Happy Stitches,
didnt know about the whole hoop thing.. thanks 😀
You’re welcome! 🙂 It makes for a much smoother finished product in the end and prevents stitches and fabric from being distorted, so it helps with stitch tension in a roundabout way too.
Felinda Bullock says
Another big mistake I see is not letting your needle dangle every so often so that the twist comes out. The stitches look nicer when you let go of the needle, and let the threads straighten out.
Thanks for your beautiful patterns, and your hints and tips.
Good one to add! I do that too, every so many stitches to prevent those rotten tangles.
I do that often but it seems no matter what, I always get a knot and cuss like a sailor at them…..sigh…