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A Glossary for Embroidery

Are you looking for some clarification as to what we are talking about? Or what the material in the embroidery community is called? It's not that easy to find what you need, if you don't know what it's called. We put together a short glossary that hopefully will help you in the land of cross stitching and embroidery.

Aida cloth - probably the most common fabric for cross stitching. The square pattern in the fabric makes it easy to keep the cross stitches even and easy to count. Depending on what you are looking for, the Aida weave comes in different cross density. The higher number of count - the more crosses will you be able to stitch per inch.

Basting - Basting is a technique that can be used to find, for example, the center of a cross stitch project. You make long and loose stitches in intersecting lines over the fabric. When you're done, these stitches are easy to remove.


Chart - This is the instructions for how to make your cross stitch pattern. How many stitches of each colour and where they go. You'll always get this with your order from us and there's a back up in e-mail.

Colour key - With your chart you'll have the colour key. This will help you remember which colour goes where on your design.

Embroidery hoopsAn embroidery hoop is two rings between which you place your embroidery while you work in it. Just place your fabric over the smaller of the rings and then press down the larger one over it. Adjust you fabric and tighten the rings around it by using the screw up top. You could also use embroidery hoops to display your cross stitch design once your done.

Floss - Floss is the name for the yarn used in embroidery. Comprised of 6 easily separable strands, you can vary your stitching results, depending on the number of strands used. And there are so many colours to choose from!

Ply - One of the threads in the floss can also be called a ply. How many plies you use cross stitching depends on how thick you like your stitches to be. The general recommendation is to use 2-3 threads from the floss and cut them into about a meter long to avoid getting tangled.

Tapestry needle - This is the most common used needle for cross stitching. It's a blunt needle with a larger eye that kan hold thicker yarn or several plies of floss. Since the needle is blunt it is less likely to go through your previous stitches and get stuck in the floss. There's a few needles to choose from and you might need different sizes depending on what you are working on right now.

What words would you like to add to our glossary? Let us know in the comments below!

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