I was online this week participating in one of my cross stitch Facebook groups, and several people were asking how to anchor their thread. I mentioned that I use the loop method to start, and a pin stitch to finish. A few in the conversation didn’t know what a pin stitch was. Up until a few months ago,I didn’t know what it was either (or the loop method). But I started reading more about cross stitch and following along with several Facebook groups, and I learned a lot. After a discussion about the loop method to start and a pin stitch to end, I looked these techniques up. I quickly learned how to do them, and between the loop method and the pin stitch, they save me so much time. As an added bonus, they don’t leave lumps on the back of the fabric. I also don’t have to ever flip my sewing frame over, as I can do both from the front of the fabric. This is so great, with a neck injury it can be really difficult to have to keep flipping over a big sewing frame. Now the only time I need to flip my project over is if I’ve gotten a giant knot of floss on the back of my project. Thankfully, that’s pretty rare, so I can work mainly from the front of my piece only.
So, as these techniques really helped me, I wanted to share what I learned. I figured the world needed one more cross stitch how-to YouTube video (also called “Flosstube” videos amongst those who stitch). I used my current Michelangelo piece as my basis for the demonstration, and at the top of the page is a picture of how I’m going so far with that piece. [Update: this project is now complete, you can see the finished piece and purchase the Shades of Grace cross stitch pattern here. And this tutorial video is now one of the most popular videos on the Peacock & Fig YouTube channel.] 🙂
What about you, how do you prefer to anchor your threads? Let me know in the comments below!