Starting and Stopping
When beginning to stitch you must secure the end of the Pearl Cotton thread on the back of the Aida. Pull your threaded needle through the first hole to be stitched, leaving a 1” tail of thread. Hold this 1” tail of thread against the back of the Aida in the direction of the stitching and work the first 4 to 5 stitches over it. When stitching with DMC Pearl Cotton make sure your stitches lie flat. If your Pearl Cotton thread becomes twisted while stitching, drop the needle and allow the needle and thread to hang freely. The thread will untwist by itself.
To end a thread, run your threaded needle under the last few stitches on the back of the Aida, then clip off the end of the thread. After you re-thread the needle to continue, simply run the needle under several stitches on the back to secure the thread and resume stitching.
How to Stitch the Half Cross Stitch
The half stitch is a simple diagonal stitch and is most commonly worked in horizontal rows. To stitch a half stitch, bring the needle up from the back of the fabric at 1, and down into 2. Up at 3 down at 4. Complete the row. The return row is stitched in reverse and stitched from the right to the left. Here the needle comes up at 11 and down at 12, then up at 13 and down at 14. Complete the return row and repeat the stitching sequence until the area is stitched as charted. See the stitch key below.
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