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What stitch should I use
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 2:17 AM
Posted by Sarah
Hi! I am new to cross sititching. A friend of mine gave me an unfinished project and I would like to finish it for her and give it as a gift but her work is so beautiful (particularly on the back) and I am not sure what stitch she used. I don't think it is the basic stitch unless I am doing it completely wrong. Is there a way to tell the stitch being used? Many of the stitches look like boxes on the back, but when I do them they are jumbled up and don't seem to lay as flat on the front side. I have searched the names of many stitches but there are so many I don't know where to start. If you could give me some options I could probably find a stitch tutorial. I imagine it would be easier if I could include a picture but I don't see an option for that. Can anyone help?
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    Reply from NANCYE G
    Thursday, July 16, 2015 7:26 AM
    Your friend may have done one complete stitch at a time X X X X instead of one row across and then one row back / / / / / /. Don't remember what that technique is called but it has the name of a European country in it.

    Click "galleries" at the tops of this place and there will be a short explanation about keeping your stitches neat

    Do you have an independent cross stitch shop in your area? That would be the best place to start. You can look for a book at the library. JoAnn' and Michael's may have instruction books.

    Use GOOGLE and type in "cross-stitch tutorial" You will get tons of printed instructions and YouTube videos. I don't have a particular one to recommend. I don't have a particular one that I can recommend.
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      Reply from Sarah
      Friday, July 17, 2015 12:10 AM
      Thank you so much for your reply. I do think that is what she did. it is the same basic stitch just done in a differrent order than I was used to doing. After trying a few different stitches I realized that (like it says in the gallery) I needed to go slower, as that takes time to get right. I live in South Asia and there is no shop nearby (even though my area is known for its beautiful embroidery and handwork), they don't write about it much! I will keep my eye out the next time I am in the states and try to find a good beginners instruction book. Hopefully this will become a long-term hobby! Go to top
      • Reply from NANCYE G
        Saturday, July 25, 2015 10:07 AM
        Guess, you have to go a very long way to purchase supplies. There are many wonderful sites to purchase supplies on line. My current favorite is

        They also have a great chat room Go to top