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Read more about the article Finger Gloves For Cross Stitch?
Textured finger gloves (Source: banggood)

Finger Gloves For Cross Stitch?

When it comes to reviewing cross stitch tools, normally it's something made specifically for the industry. Sometimes we might happen to cross into the realms of needlecraft in general, but its rare for a tool to cross into the medical sphere. That was until I happened upon curved tipped scissors, which are my goto tool…

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Read more about the article How many strands of thread should you use?
Cross stitches with different amounts of strands of threads on 18 count aida, 14 count aida, 11 count aida and 9 count aida (Source: better-cross-stitch-patterns.com)

How many strands of thread should you use?

I get this question a lot. Whilst most patterns do have a guide, depending on the fabric you use, if you stitch 1 over 1 and the overall look you want, the amount of strands you use can vary.   Fabric Strands (Light Fabric) Strands (Dark Fabric) 11 Count (1 over 1) 4 Strands 6…

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Read more about the article The Threadbox Mixtape Mashup
Mini Cassette Tape Cross Stitches by Lord Libidan

The Threadbox Mixtape Mashup

This post was originally in XStitch Magazine Issue 6: Mixtape, and has been adapted.   Cross stitch has always had a lot of similarities to music in my mind, not only does has it been with us for nearly as long in history, but its popularity ebbs and flows. There is even a ‘golden age’…

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Tracing pad (source: Amazon)

Why you NEED a tracing pad

There aren't many items that I would say that you need to have. At a push, I would say you probably you need to have a good pair of scissors, but there is one other item I would suggest for every cross stitcher. A tracing pad. They might not be the most obviously needed tool…

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Read more about the article Wood Hoops? Plastic Hoops? Spring Hoops? Which is best!?!
Embroidery Hoops of Various Sizes (source: sewandso.com)

Wood Hoops? Plastic Hoops? Spring Hoops? Which is best!?!

As one of the main tools in cross stitch, it's no surprise that we've spoken about hoops before, at length. We even suggest them as one of the best cross stitch frame types, but there is a fairly constant discussion in the cross stitch world; if you use hoops, are wood, plastic, or spring hoops…

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Read more about the article Should You Bother With Railroading?
railroaded cross stitch (source: craftster)

Should You Bother With Railroading?

I love the idea of railroading. The idea that you can make a perfect stitch, and by doing so improve the overall look of your finished cross stitch. But I don't do it. I can do it, and I have in the past completed whole projects, but most of my projects aren't stitched with railroading…

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Read more about the article How To Label Your Cross Stitch Threads
DMC bobbins labeled with stickers (Source: DMC)

How To Label Your Cross Stitch Threads

We're big fans of collecting threads here, and on our journey to ever DMC thread we've had to work out a few things, like making an inventory spreadsheet for tracking threads and looking at the best way to store threads. But one thing has always bugged us, regardless of what way you store your threads;…

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Read more about the article The Cross Stitch Love-Meter
Make Arcade mini love cross stitch kit (Source: clothkits.co.uk)

The Cross Stitch Love-Meter

This post was originally in XStitch Magazine Issue 7: Love, and has been adapted.   When you look up love in the dictionary you can get a whole series of definitions, however, at its core, love is an intense feeling of pleasure in someone or something. However, if you look up the definition of similar…

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