Hello and welcome to the Blessed Stitch Along. I’m hosting along with Judy over at Patchwork Times.
As many of you know Judy and me… cross-stitchers in a past life, turned quilters are now cross-stitching again. Being we both end up in the spotlight because of our blogs, we get LOTS of questions from all of you as many of you are talking about returning to cross-stitch, starting cross-stitching, or moving from Aida cloth to linen. We decided to host a stitch along so we could answer the questions all in one place AND… we’d love for all of you to become addicted to cross-stitch like we are.
Some of you are going to do this and catch on immediately. Others of you are going to try, get frustrated and give up. I want you to know that I tried twice to stitch on linen and gave up. The third time I tried, something finally clicked and I was good to go.
Even once I got going…I still was SLOW and it took some time for me to learn the sewing stitch and now feel comfortable where I am at. Both Judy and I started back to cross stitch within the last few years. We don’t claim to be experts but we do claim to be helpful.
To start you need to collect your goodies.
You will need the chart Blessings Around by Waxing Moon Designs. If you are looking for a kit, you can find them HERE from The Stitchery Nook in Osage Iowa. They have an online shop and are super helpful. If you are international and want to stitch along. No worries. You can. This is a link to the downloadable PDF on Waxing Moons Etsy shop.
You need the cloth you’re stitching with. Some will have Aida cloth and others will have linen. I have 40 count linen.
You will need floss. Some are stitching with DMC and some with overdyed floss. I have overdyed floss.
If you got your kit from The Stitchery Nook I think they provided a needle. This needle will work just fine. Me, I use Sullivan Ball Tipped Needles.
Please note that there are MANY ways to cross-stitch. There is no “right way”. It’s important for you to know that each and every person has who stitches have preferences and what works for one may not work for another. We encourage you all to keep trying until you find what works best for you.
I suggest you… make a working copy of the key which is the top page you see and a copy of the chart. Some people like to have a highlighter and mark off places on the chart once they are stitched. I just like having a working copy so if the dog gets it, she doesn’t ruin my good copy.
If you are stitching on linen I suggest some type of magnification if you need it. I purchased glasses from Zenni with my distance prescription on the top and 3.5 readers on the bottom. I also have readers that are 4.0. These I use only on 40 count linen.
Many people have a stand with a magnifier. I have this.
I do recommend good lighting. That can mean sitting in a chair close to a window…or a great lamp. You’ll have to try and experiment to see what you like best.
Good news…I bought a new overhead phone or tablet holder so I can make a video. I tried this and am totally in love with this. If you have any aspirations to ever film a video of you doing something, I HIGHLY recommend THIS stand. There were some that were cheaper but I splurged because this one had the best ratings. It’s super sturdy.
I wanted to try it out so I filmed a video with tips and instructions on how I stitch. I hope you’ll give it a watch.
I tried to show you how I do the sewing method. I plan to play with my stand a little more and work so I can show you more things…or do a better job at what I’m trying to show. For now, it was a good first try.
Here are the two pieces I stitched on. What a difference in size!
I did a little more stitching…I got this far. That was one thread worth (after I did the examples in the video). I stopped there. I have plenty of time to stitch some more later.
Remember, you have all of March to stitch the first two pumpkins. As I said in the video, I am going to stitch the leaves, then drop down and stitch the “B”. I noticed that’s a little hard to see in the chart as the orange color symbol is similar. Do the best you can. Then I will take the orange color and outline the pumpkin. After that I will go in and do the fill-in stitching on the pumpkin…then do the bottom leaves.
Most important to remember…everyone has their own technique. It’s your job to find yours. You might love the poke method. You might love linen. It doesn’t matter as long as you enjoy the process.
As far as updates go. I’ll do a little piece about the stitch along each week in my Friday post. I might do a few other things as questions come up but I will always like back to them in the Friday post. I did make a tab at the top of the blog that says Stitch Along. You can also look for updates there.
I hope you check out Judy’s blog… she will likely do some things differently and that’s completely normal. Remember, there is no one way to cross stitch and please let either of us know if you have questions.