Reader Question:Is there a right or wrong way to cross stitch?
My Answer:NO! If you end up with a little cross formed by two stitches that you’re happy with, then you’re doing it right. Yay! Some people may disagree with me but I think we are all the first person to enjoy our own projects and all opinions are subjective. If you are happy with it, then it is perfect. That said, here are some things to think about:
Are all your top stitches going the same way?Your crosses are made out of two stitches – a lower stitch and a top stitch. If you have all the top stitches going the same way, then your work will look even and consistent giving a neater finish to the whole project. Over the years, I have got into the habit of stitching my lower stitch from bottom left to upper right corner, then the top stitch from lower right corner to upper left corner. Even when I work the two stitches from the top corners to the bottom corners, I still have the same direction stitch on top.
Are you stitching one cross at a time or a row of stitches?Sometimes it is easy to work the lower stitch of a whole row of crosses, then work back across the row adding the top stitches. It is easy to work a block of colour this way rather than changing colours all the time. But be aware that as you work your crosses, you may twist your thread slightly with each stitch so that the thread naturally gets thinner as you go along. If you don’t ‘un-twist’ the thread every few stitches, you will see that the crosses get thinner too and more of the background fabric will show through. The result is that your overall project will look a little patchy and uneven with more or less background fabric showing through the stitches. To ‘un-twist’ your thread:
- if you can work out which way you twist, then make it a habit to twist the thread the opposite way every few stitches.
- Hold your project upside down and then the needle and thread dangle down. Usually, the thread will naturally unwind as it hangs there.