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How to embroider

The Folklore Company is for those who are curious about needlework: young and old, advanced and beginners, modern and traditional. With these instructions, you can easily begin.

There’s no right or wrong in embroidery - but we are happy to share with you some good advice and recommendations to make your experience easier and more fun!

To embroider cross stitch on Aida cloth

A cross-stitch consists of two crossed stitches, where the upper stitches are always stitched in the same direction. When you buy a cross-stitch pattern by The Folklore Company, you are provided with a colour scheme of symbols, where each symbol corresponds to one thread colour. The various symbols are then plotted on a grid, to show where the different crosses are to be embroidered, and in what colour.

Preparations

Cut a piece of floss about 50-60 cm in length, to avoid knotting. The floss consists of six intertwined threads. Depending on how thick you want your crosses to be, pull out two or three threads, and stitch with those. Make sure that your design appears in the center of the fabric by stitching from the inside out. Begin by folding the cloth in half, both in width and height, to find the center of the fabric. The center of the instruction sheet is highlighted with clear arrows.

Stitch composition

Cross-stitch a continuous area of colours at a time. One such area can be as small as a single cross. The most common way is to stitch the area row by row from top to bottom, left to right.

When you make your very first stitch, start by sticking the needle in at the front into the back side, about 5 cm from the area where your first cross will be. Let a little bit of the thread poke out from the upper side - in this way you will have control over the thread.

When you make your very first stitch, start by sticking the needle in at the front into the back side, about 5 cm from the area where your first cross will be. Let a little bit of the thread poke out from the upper side - in this way you will have control over the thread.

Stick the needle up to upper side and start stitching your row with half crosses.

Stick the needle up to upper side and start stitching your row with half crosses.

When the row is finished, turn and embroider in the same way back. Use the same holes that you have already stitched in - and the crosses are formed.

When the row is finished, turn and embroider in the same way back. Use the same holes that you have already stitched in - and the crosses are formed.

Straight downward rows and more complex patterns are usually cross-stitched one cross at a time.

Straight downward rows and more complex patterns are usually cross-stitched one cross at a time.

Finishing

When the entire area has been stitched, or when you have nearly finished your thread, you normally stitch the remaining thread away. You do this by pulling the thread under the last embroidered stitches on the back of the fabric. Then cut the thread so it does not hang loose.

When the entire area has been stitched, or when you have nearly finished your thread, you normally stitch the remaining thread away. You do this by pulling the thread under the last embroidered stitches on the back of the fabric. Then cut the thread so it does not hang loose.

Wandering

When an area is stitched up, you can sometimes wander with the thread to a new area of the same colour, without finishing your thread. The thread should then be passed under existing stitches on the back of your fabric. As there is the risk of darker floss being visible through the fabric, we recommend to do so only for short distances and with lighter floss colours.

Finalizing

When the embroidery is finished, stitch any remaining threads away and iron your embroidery to remove any unevenness in your pattern and fabric. The best way to iron is to place the embroidery faced down onto a towel. Then place a damp towel on the back of the cloth, and smooth out the wrinkles with a warm iron.

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