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The back!

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  • Started 11 years ago by Loubee76
  • Latest reply from Christine Berrett


  1. Loubee76

    Hello, Im new to cross stitching, I started when I was 8 months pregnant & still loving it 11 months later! Question, After speaking to some other cross stitchers, how tidy can the back of the sampler be, I have no knots, thread everything so nothing is showing, but I'm looking for anymore little tips please???
    Thank you :-)

    Posted 11 years ago #
  2. Andrea Thompson

    Hello Loubee76,
    It sounds like you are doing really well with keeping it neat and tidy as it is :-)
    If anything the longer I do cross stitch the more corners I cut! Like looped starts and, if I know it's not going to be seen, I am fairly liberal about how far a thread can stretch across the back... all wrong I know! but when you end up with a design where the same colour is dotted around here or there in one's and two's I'm not really sure how the designers meant it to be done.

    One thing I do do, is always split the strands. What I mean by that is, when I have used 4 of the 6 strands of a colour, and there are only 2 remaining, I always split those two away from each other, then put them back together again. This is because they are usually twisted around each other which means the stitch won't lie flat.

    If I think of anymore I'll post them up :-)

    Posted 11 years ago #
  3. Brigitte Gant

    Welcome to the mad crowd. I have just aired my views on how tidy the back should be in another thread and am not going to change my mind. If someone were to criticise the back of your stitching, say it was supposed to be like that.

    Posted 11 years ago #
  4. Christine Berrett

    I agree with Andrea about splitting and re-combining the strands because they are much easier to work with. But apart from that - and ESPECIALLY if the back is hidden - what does it matter? :o)

    Posted 11 years ago #

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