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Working in and out of the fabric holes, bring the needle up at 1, down at 2, up at 3 down at 4, up at 5 down at 6, up at 7 down at 8, up at 9 down at 10, up at 11 down at 12. Continue until highlight the areas you is outlined. When backstitching be sure not to split the floss strands of the already placed cross stitches. I find that a sharp needle helps when backstitching.
EMBROIDERY STITCHES, BEADS, and SPECIALTY FLOSS: There are a lot of creative ways you can embellish your cross stitch design. Consider adding embroidery stitches to certain areas such as a French knot to highlight an eye or buttons. You might also consider using metallic embroidery floss or variegated floss to augment an area of your work. Seed beads can make a great addition to a project. When attaching beads with cross-stitches, work all first diagonal parts of the cross-stitches, and then attach the beads when you work back across the row. Bugle beads, crystals, charms and small buttons also create interesting touches on a cross stitch design. These 3 dimensional adornments add interest to any stitchery and are available in numerous colors and styles. Make sure to use good quality glass beads, as plastic beads can melt when ironed.
Working in and out of the fabric holes, bring the needle up at 1, down at 2, up at 3, and continue to highlight the areas you want to.
Finishing and Backstitching Suggestions
This is your project and you decide what finishing touches you might want to add.
THE FABRIC: When choosing your fabric consider if you are going to stitch the background as well as the image. If you choose not to stitch the background then choose a fabric that will compliment your project. If the background is not stitched then the stitched part of the project will be raised and create an embossed look. You can also increase the number of strands of floss when you stitch certain parts of the image to highlight the area and draw your eye to it in the finished project.
THE BORDER: We have included a stitched border. You can stitch it or ignore it depending upon the finished look you want. We have chosen a floss color for the border that corresponds to the picture but there are many options. You might want to choose a different color that would better integrate the project with your home décor.
BACKSTITCHING: Backstitching is a personal choice depending upon the finished look you want. Usually backstitching is done to outline an area of a design and to add a more fluid appearance to the design. First you must decide if the floss color you want to use is the same color as the cross stitch area you want to highlight, or possibly use a darker shade or a contrasting color of the cross stitch area you want to highlight. Grey will provide a shading effect and black will create a decisive statement in a backstitch. We recommend using a single strand of floss unless you desire a heavy outline.
There are several methods of backstitching. Here are the 2 we use the most.
For the Artful Needleworker