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    Though cross-stitching is just a matter of taking a needle up and down to create a simple X on the fabric, most cross-stitch enthusiasts, especially beginners, still have to confront with many frequently asked questions. Such as, the amount of fabric needed, appropriate size of a needle, type and number of floss and so on. You may find that most of your leisure time is taken up with these detailed arrangement other than relaxation and enjoyment.

    To solve this problem and ensure ultimate pleasure in your beloved hobby, PINN-Stitch.com has therefore meticulously prepared all of these intricate elements and provided you with its ready-to-stitch kit that contains everything you need for a particular project. In every PINN's kit, you will have:

1. An artistic design of your choice, marked with distinctive symbols and clear instructions
2. Aida fabric, with stitched edges to prevent fraying
3. Pre-sorted floss of high quality. No color-running guaranteed!
4. A blunt-tipped needle, suitable for cross-stitching
While almost everything is prepared and done, what is left for you is only great fun and excitement as the fabric fills itself square by square into a wonderful picture.

How-To-Start

How-To-Stitch
Stitching Tips


How-To-Start

Good news! For new cross-stitchers and those who find difficulties in keeping track of location. Here is an absolute solution for this common-to-all frustration: "draw a grid on a fabric". The following technique can be applied to PINN's as well as other patterns. It can work miraculously especially with a large and complicated design. We guarantee your work will be easier and faster.

1. Find a water-soluble marker, light-coloured preferred. It is a good idea to test the marker on a small piece of fabric, then dry-clean it and see if the mark is totally washed away. This marker will be used directly on the fabric.

2. Count the number of squares in the pattern, horizontally and vertically. PINN's design already has divided into blocks of ten squares. You can count the blocks and multiply by ten. The illustration is, for example, a 160 X 200 squares pattern.

Write down numbers in sequence for each block.

3. Locate the center of the pattern. PINN's design marks its center with arrows (triangular symbols) along the sides. Follow the arrows until they meet.

4. Locate the center of the fabric by folding it into quarters. Mark it with the marker. The center of the fabric corresponds to the center of the pattern.

5. Starting from the center, count carefully the number of the squares to its left, right, up and down, and mark at every 10th square. Work on until you reach the same number of squares as in the pattern (Step 3). Now you have two equally-dotted center vertical and center horizontal lines, divided the fabric into quarters.

6. At each border, count and mark each block as in Step 5 by starting at the first and the last dots of the center vertical line and count to its left and right. Then repeat the same procedure by starting at the first and the last dots of the center horizontal line and count upwards and downwards. Work on until you have the same number of blocks as in the pattern.

7. Draw a grid from the dots you have marked. Try to keep it straight along the border of the squares (not over them). Write down numbers in sequence for each block. Now you have a 10 X 10 stitch grid with the same number of blocks as in the pattern.

 

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How-To-Stitch

There are different types of stitches, applied to create different tones to the picture. Here are some common ones:

1. Cross-Stitch.
    A cross-stitch can work in two directions: vertical and horizontal

    1.1 Cross-stitch in the vertical direction
          Begin from the bottom to the top. Pull the needle up on Stitch 1, down on Stitch 2, up on Stitch 3, down on Stitch 4, and so on, then work back by stitching in the opposite direction to complete the cross. For example, when reaching Stitch 8, come up on Stitch 9, and down on Stitch 6, then up on Stitch 7, etc.

    1.2 Cross-stitch in the horizontal direction
          Pull the needle up on Stitch 1, down on Stitch 2, up on Stitch 3, down on Stitch 4, and so on, till you reach the end of the row. Then work back.


2. Half Cross-Stitch
    Often used at the edge of a picture or to create a distant look. This is only a half of a cross-stitch.

3. Three Quarters Cross-Stitch
    Used at the edge of a picture or to form an eye. Pull the needle up on Stitch 1, down on Stitch 2, up on Stitch 3, and down on Stitch 4. Note that Stitch 4 is at the middle of the square, not at its upper-left corner as in a normal cross-stitch.

4. Back Stitch
    Sometimes called running stitch. Each back stitch may not go by one square at a time, depending on how far the outline needs to be. However, you should not carry thread over more than a distance of one or two stitches as it may cause an uneven tension.

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Stitching Tips
  • The floss is 6-strand, or comprises six plies of thread twisted together. A cross-stitch (the first three types) is worked with two strands while a back stitch is worked with only one. A tweed (the use of two or more colours of thread at the same time) uses one strand for each colour.
  • Try to work and finish colour by colour. To make it easier, mark on a fabric all squares of the same symbol then stitch on the marked squares. Finish one symbol before going to the next.
  • If the pattern has golden floss or beads, finish all ordinary stitches first. Then wash and iron the fabric before starting with additional ornaments as they can be bleached by dry-cleaner or soap.
 
Enjoy your stitching at PINN-Stitch.com

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