Achieve better Finished Projects with less Frustration!
#1 Don't limit yourself on cloth colors
Don't limit yourself on background colors, you can paint your Aida cloth!! Check out this tutorial
#2 Buy all your thread for one project at the same time
Assuming you’re not working from a kit - Cross Stitch Thread is colored in dye lots, which can lead to varying shades if you buy a specific color in different batches. If buying from different dye lots can’t be helped, take one strand from the old and one from the new to blend.
#3 Buy Cross Stitch needles, not tapestry needles.
Cross stitch and or Embroidery needles are blunt and are sized according to what count of fabric you’re using. Avoid the finger pricks and match up your needle perfectly to your cloth count.
#5 Wash your hands before you start!
Dirt and oils on your hands can stain your Aida cloth and floss a grayish brown. If you kept your hands clean, you might not have to wash the project at the end.
#8 Create a Center Stitch Guide
Start off by stitching a simple guide with one strand of dark embroidery floss to mark the center of your fabric and guide you in counting stitches.
#9 Mark what you've stitched
Make a photocopy of your pattern and color in what stitches you’ve already done to save time and frustration trying to figure out where you are.
#10 Wash your finished project
Remove dirt and debris that accumulated while stitching. If you used DMC Floss, you’re safe – they are fade resistant! Then iron the back to remove creases. Check out this great washing video from Caterpillar Cross Stitch