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Starting cross stitch patterns: find the centre of your pattern

Starting cross stitch patterns: find the centre of your pattern

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Ever wondered what the best way of starting cross stitch patterns is, or how to find the centre of your cross stitch pattern? This short video will give you tips and show you how to find the centre of your pattern and start stitching your project!

 

 

Starting cross stitch: tips to find the centre of your fabric

  • Find the centre on your actual pattern (whether digital or printed). Most patterns have the centre marked, but some you may have to figure out on your own (divide the rows and columns in half, and that’s your halfway mark).
  • Have a decent margin around your fabric — add about 2-3″ on to the finished pattern dimensions so you’ll have enough fabric for framing or finishing (or if the edges get a little frayed).
  • Using straight pins to mark, fold your fabric in half lengthwise to find the halfway point (don’t crease your fabric), mark with a straight pin. Do the same for the other edge.
  • Following the line of holes, find the intersection of the two pins — that is the centre of your fabric.
  • Make sure to mark the centre with another pin, or a small stitch in a contrasting thread that you will later remove.
  • Look at your pattern to see where the nearest block of stitching is, and start stitching from there. Whether you choose to travel up or down the piece from the centre, sideways, or haphazardly is totally up to you — whatever is easiest for that particular pattern is probably best.
  • One thing to note: before stitching, make sure your fabric is facing the right way. For example, if you’re doing a landscape that is longer horizontally than it is tall, orient your fabric correctly before you start stitching. Otherwise you’ll run out of fabric and you’ll have to start again. That wastes dozens of hours of stitching time (and likely that piece of fabric)

 

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Starting cross stitch patterns: find the centre of your pattern
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  1. Chrissie Arlington
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    Thanks for the video Dana, I usually add my extra margins on the fabric (3″ min) the I lightly fold the fabric in half horizontally and vertically at the same time (quarter folded) and bingo the centre it there and I pin it before marking with a thread. Does that make sense?

    • Dana Batho
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      Haha yes that makes perfect sense Chrissie! You can fold it horizontally and vertically at the same time as you do, or individually as I show in the video. I do it one at a time just to really make sure I don’t crush the fabric, but of course it depends on your fabric and how stiff it is before you start stitching on it. That’s one thing I like about stitching on Fiddler’s Cloth, it looses its stiffness really fast and gets quite soft in your hands as you stitch on it. 🙂

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